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

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Mix pecans and chocolate chips, then distribute evenly in tart shells. Pour egg mixture into each tart shell, dividing evenly (about 2 tablespoons per tart). Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Add to dressing along with apple and pecans and toss to combine. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Farro, Apple, and Carrot Salad," 9 Oct. 2018 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toast pecans and oats on a baking sheet until golden and fragrant, 10 to 12 minutes; cool. Dawn Perry, Country Living, "Pumpkin Pie with Oat-Pecan Crust," 13 Oct. 2015 Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with buttermilk, beating until smooth; beat in molasses mixture, then stir in pecans. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thanksgiving Cake," 24 Oct. 2018 Place remaining 1 cup sugar in food processor with pecans, blend until fine. Debbi Snook,, "Andy Newman's richly nutted Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe)," 4 Apr. 2018 Inside lies butternut squash; outside, an earthy, wintry dice of roasted duck hearts and buttery pecans. Alison Cook, Houston Chronicle, "Eat This: Tagliatelle alla Bolognese at Giacomo's," 23 Jan. 2018 Florida lost $9 million in vegetables and melons, $4 million in fruits and $3 million in tree nuts, including pecans. Jeff Martin, The Seattle Times, "Farmers fear it will take years to recover from storm strike," 30 Oct. 2018 Spread pecans in even layer in pie shell, then pour sugar mixture over them. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Brown Sugar Pecan Pie," 23 Oct. 2018

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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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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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