shagbark hickory


Definition of shagbark hickory

: a hickory (Carya ovata) of eastern North America with sweet edible nuts and a gray shaggy outer bark that peels off in long strips also : its wood

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Recent Examples on the Web Tree species brought to the site by the Chicago Region Trees Initiative included American hornbeam, American plum, hackberry, shagbark hickory, chinkapin oak, shingle oak, wahoo and umbrella tree magnolia, according to officials. Kaitlin Edquist,, 29 Sep. 2020 The payoff is panoramic views to the south of changing leaves — black oak, shagbark hickory and basswood, to name a few — and Lake Michigan to the north. Lori Rackl,, 19 Aug. 2019 The little brown bat is the only one that remains in winter, hibernating upside down underneath the bark of shagbark hickory and other trees, as well as sometimes in people’s attics, Goyette said. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, 23 Apr. 2018 The land is mostly wet woods, with many mature trees, including shagbark hickory, American beech, American elm, black gum, red maple, pin oak and chestnut oak. Grant Segall,, 15 Mar. 2018 Goodie followed the long driveway, past towering old shagbark hickory trees and knocked at the door to the 1760 farmhouse. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, 20 Dec. 2017

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1751, in the meaning defined above

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“Shagbark hickory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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