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 Dip each grahamwich halfway into chocolate, then sprinkle immediately with pecans, sprinkles, or strawberries and freeze until firm. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Ice Cream Grahamwiches," 18 July 2019 Almonds, pecans, and most other nuts have tough outer shells made of layers of thick-walled cells and separating fibers in a polygonal pattern. Ian Randall, Science | AAAS, "Why walnuts are such tough nuts to crack," 3 Sep. 2019 In a large bowl, combine 1/2 pound almonds with 1/4 pound each hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, and cashews. Shelley Lindgren, Country Living, "Spiced Nuts Recipe," 4 Nov. 2010 The combination of maple syrup and pecans is especially delightful in this adaptable recipe. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Never splurge on fancy granola again with these 7 recipes to make it at home," 14 Sep. 2019 In the pantry: Natural honey, jams, peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, flours, flaxseed, quinoa, oils, dates, figs, and nuts, including almonds, cashews, pistachio, walnuts and pecans. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "When new, higher tariffs are scheduled to start on Chinese imports and what may cost more," 23 Aug. 2019 They could be plied with lemon curd and hibiscus jelly, maple butter with bruleed bananas and pecans; or formed from buckwheat with Sonoran honey. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the best restaurants in Tempe," 6 Aug. 2019 The Peach Truck will start visiting the Indianapolis area on July 10 at various locations, offering 25-pound, 1/2-bushel boxes of peaches for $42, 10-ounce bags of shelled and halved pecans for $10 and The Peach Truck Cookbooks for $25. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "The Peach Truck is coming to Indianapolis. Here's when it's scheduled to stop near you," 2 July 2019 In a bowl, toss pecans with turbinado sugar and bourbon. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Derby Pie Brownies," 29 Apr. 2019

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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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The first known use of pecan was in 1761

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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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