American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several chiefly North American deciduous trees of the genus Carya, having smooth or shaggy bark, compound leaves, and hard smooth stones or nuts, each containing an edible seed and surrounded by a husk that splits into four valves.
- n. The hard, tough, heavy wood of such a tree.
- n. A walking stick or switch made from such wood.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A North American tree belonging to the genus Carya, of the natural order Juglandeœ. It has alternate pinnate leaves, no stipules, and monœcious flowers, the sterile in catkins, the fertile solitary or in small clusters or spikes. The fruit is a dry drupe with a bony nut-shell, containing a large 4-lobed orthotropous seed. See
- n. The wood of this tree. It is heavy, strong, and flexible, and very valuable, being used for a great variety of purposes. That of the shagbark or shellbark is the most valuable.
- n. In Australia, a name applied to several trees the wood of which is used for the same purposes as that of the American hickories, especially the hickory-acacia, Acacia leprosa, the blackwood of Australia, Acacia Melanoxylon, and the hickory-eucalyptus, Eucalyptus punctata.
- n. In Tasmania, a shrub or small tree of the rue family, Phebalium squameum, conspicuous for its strong smell, silvery under-surface of the leaves, and small pink-and-white flowers.
- n. Same as white-heart hickory.
- n. Same as pignut, 2.
- n. Same as bitternut.
- n. The shellbark, Hicoria ovata.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the hickory tree or its wood.
- n. Any of various deciduous hardwood trees of the genus Carya or Annamocarya.
- n. uncountable The wood of these trees.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) An American tree of the genus Carya, of which there are several species. The shagbark is the Carya alba, and has a very rough bark; it affords the hickory nut of the markets. The pignut, or brown hickory, is the Carya glabra. The swamp hickory is Carya amara, having a nut whose shell is very thin and the kernel bitter.
- n. valuable tough heavy hardwood from various hickory trees
- n. American hardwood tree bearing edible nuts
- A shortening of pockerchicory/pokickery/pohickery., from an Algonquian language, probably Algonquin pawcohiccora. (Wiktionary)
- Short for Virginia Algonquian pocohiquara, drink made of pressed hickory nuts. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And almost on denim hickory is favored for similar properties.”
“If hickory is too strong for your taste, mix it with some oak.”
“With the exception of the chestnut, the nut trees are not so very common; yet the hickory is not rare, and both the black walnut and the butternut are met with.”
“Before we left Connecticut, I had been able to present grafted walnut trees to many of my neighbors who had persisted, hitherto, in calling hickory-nuts "walnuts.”
“My notion is that there is a great future for topworking the various varieties of the hickory in the North to the desirable forms of the hickory, that is, of the hickory other than the _Hicoria pecan_.”
“The Weiker hickory, which is a cross between shagbark (Carya ovata) and shellbark (C. laciniosa) hickories, ripens completely each season.”
“When people speak of the "hickory" without qualification, they are apt to have in mind some one kind of hickory which belonged to their boyhood environment.”
“As I thought about it, given a good enough tree, it seemed to me the hickory was the greatest one we could grow.”
“The Indians have a fine natural genius for oratory, painting, and sculpture: I have a specimen of the latter cut with a knife on a piece of hickory, which is destitute neither of elegance of design, nor neatness of execution.”
“The hickory is a difficult tree to transplant and I would advise that grafted trees be dug with a ball of dirt for shipping, similar to an evergreen, as I have found that, with the greatest of care and experience, the hickory is very slow to re-establish itself unless handled that way.”
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