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noun pe·can \pi-ˈkän, -ˈkan; ˈpē-ˌkan\

Definition of pecan

  1. 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. 2 :  the wood of the pecan tree The hardwood floor was made of pecan.

  3. 3 :  the smooth oblong thin-shelled nut of the pecan tree bought some pecans to make a pie

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Origin and Etymology of pecan

American French pacane, from Illinois pakani


PECAN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pecan for English Language Learners

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


PECAN Defined for Kids

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noun pe·can \pi-ˈkän, -ˈkan; ˈpē-ˌkan\

Definition of pecan for Students

  1. :  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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