American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See shagbark.
- n. An eastern North American hickory (Carya laciniosa) having shaggy bark, pinnately compound leaves, and large, compressed, globose, reddish or yellow nuts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Either of two hickories of eastern North America, so named from the loose, flat, strap-like scales of the bark on old trees. The principal one is Carya alba (Hicoria ovata); the big or bottom shellbark, thriving particularly on bottom-lands in the west, is C. (H.).sulcata. Both are important hard-wood timber-trees, and both yield sweet and oily marketable nuts, those of the former being smaller, thinner-shelled, and sweeter. Also
shagbark. See cut under hickory.
- n. A species of hickory (Carya alba) whose outer bark is loose and peeling; a shagbark.
- n. The nut of this tree.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A species of hickory (Carya alba) whose outer bark is loose and peeling; a shagbark; also, its nut.
- n. North American hickory having loose grey shaggy bark and edible nuts
- shell + bark (Wiktionary)
“scalybark" to the Carolina hickory, the name "shagbark" to Carya ovata, and the name shellbark to Carya laciniosa.”
“The shellbark is a tree the best varieties of which it is difficult to learn about.”
“The names "shellbark," "shagbark" and "scalybark" are at present used interchangeably by authors for different species of the hickory.”
“The Mott shellbark hickory which weighs 29. 6g which was discovered by Dr. Morris before the founding of the Association is still the largest hickory of which we know.”
“I have never tested a Persian walnut where the cracking pressure runs much over 40kg and it is rather unusual for a Japan walnut to run much over 200kg, yet Cording is 419kg, a strength of shell greater than that of any other nut sent into the contest this year and which is only found among black walnuts and shellbark hickories.”
“Seven of these belong to the scale bud class, _Eucarya_, the shagbark, _Carya ovata_, the shellbark, _Carya laciniosa_, the scaly bark, _Carya”
“For their rich, delicious nuts, alone, saying nothing about their clean, handsome foliage, their rough, strong wood -- the best of any grown for many purposes -- the hickories, among which are the Shagbark (_Carya ovata_) and the big shellbark (_Carya laciniosa_), should be planted in many places.”
“The following standards for pecans have been established (including the pecan x shellbark hybrids which generally resemble pecans in flavor and appearance and would be classed with them).”
“(Carya ovata), L for shellbark (Carya laciniosa), and B for bitternut”
“In character of growth, the shellbark is much like the shagbark but the nuts are much larger, and the shells extremely thick.”
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