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 Our choice today is the ever-so-smooth butter pecan. Ed Silverman, STAT, 8 June 2022 Our choice today is the ever-so-smooth butter pecan. Ed Silverman, STAT, 19 May 2022 Experiment with five options -- mesquite, apple, hickory, pecan and cherry -- in the Wood Chunk variety pack ($36.95). cleveland, 13 May 2022 The company recently bought a pecan-and-candy plant in Georgia. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 The bakery also stocks king cakes stuffed with apple, cherry, cream cheese or praline pecan. Samantha Nelson,, 25 Feb. 2022 Immediately top with a whole pecan and allow to cool. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 11 Feb. 2022 Flavors vary by the season, including such fall favorites (pictured here) as bourbon-caramel pecan, Granny Smith apple pie and cinnamon and cardamom sugar with salted caramel. Bob Carlton |, al, 19 Jan. 2022 Also, on December 28th, Dianne’s Fine Desserts announced a recall of 1,480 trays of Sienna Chocolate Decadent Brownies that contain pecan. Chris Smith, BGR, 30 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Pecan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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