pe·​can | \ pi-ˈkän How to pronounce pecan (audio) , -ˈkan How to pronounce pecan (audio) ; ˈpē-ˌkan How to pronounce pecan (audio) \

Definition of pecan

1 : a large hickory (Carya illinoinensis synonym C. illinoensis) that has roughish bark and hard but brittle wood and is widely grown in the warmer parts of the U.S. and in Mexico for its edible nut
2 : the wood of the pecan tree The hardwood floor was made of pecan.
3 : the smooth oblong thin-shelled nut of the pecan tree bought some pecans to make a pie

Examples of pecan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web South Texas’ favorite pecan is also a good option for smoking snacks that lean to the sweet side. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck’s Food Shack: Holiday snacks hit the smoker for a burst of flavor," 14 Dec. 2020 New Orleans pecan, purple monster (purple sweet potato), blueberry, peanut butter. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "If pie baking is a no-go, buy one for Thanksgiving at Milwaukee-area bakeries, restaurants," 12 Nov. 2020 For another herbal option, consider these savory pecan, Parmesan and thyme shortbreads. Washington Post, "8 sweet and savory shortbread cookies to pair with tea, coffee or wine," 21 Dec. 2020 For resort guests in villas or vacation homes, this includes service for 6-8 and includes turkey, a selection of sides and pecan and pumpkin pie. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Screw it, we’re staying in! (But I’m still not cooking)," 6 Nov. 2020 Their butter pecan is hands down my favorite anywhere... cleveland, "Northeast Ohio’s best ice cream stands in seven counties: Yelp/ rankings," 19 Aug. 2020 For dessert toppings, a small amount of sweetener may be added when whipping, such as powdered sugar, honey or maple syrup (imagine maple whipped cream over a slice of pecan or pumpkin pie). Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 tips for making perfect whipped cream (no sweeteners needed)," 11 Aug. 2020 The main source of the pristine river surfaces in a lush grove of pecan and sycamore trees on Strunk’s ranch. John Maccormack,, "Wind farms threaten unspoiled West Texas river and Air Force pilot training routes," 19 June 2020 The giant pecan is not on the A&M Forest Service’s Big Tree Registry, which is for living trees only. Paula Allen,, "Hunt is on for massive San Antonio pecan tree photographed in early 1900s by controversial eugenics promoter," 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of pecan

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pecan

American French pacane, from Illinois pakani

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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Pecan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pecan

: a nut that grows on a tall tree in the United States and Mexico and that can be eaten


pe·​can | \ pi-ˈkän How to pronounce pecan (audio) , -ˈkan; ˈpē-ˌkan \

Kids Definition of pecan

: an oval edible nut related to the walnut that usually has a thin shell and is the fruit of a tall tree of the central and southern United States

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