from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of several chiefly North American deciduous trees of the genus Carya, having smooth or shaggy bark, pinnately compound leaves, and hard smooth nuts, each containing an edible seed and surrounded by a husk that splits into four valves.
- noun The tough, heavy wood of one of these trees.
- noun A walking stick or switch made from such wood.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A North American tree belonging to the genus Carya, of the natural order Juglandeœ.
- noun The wood of this tree.
- noun 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.
- noun 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.
- noun Same as
- noun Same as
- noun Same as
- noun The shellbark, Hicoria ovata.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (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.
- noun (Zoöl.) The gizzard shad.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Of or pertaining to the hickory tree or its wood.
- noun Any of various
deciduous hardwood treesof the genus Caryaor Annamocarya.
- noun uncountable The
woodof these trees.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun valuable tough heavy hardwood from various hickory trees
- noun American hardwood tree bearing edible nuts
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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If hickory is too strong for your taste, mix it with some oak.
And almost on denim hickory is favored for similar properties.
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.
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.
As I thought about it, given a good enough tree, it seemed to me the hickory was the greatest one we could grow.
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 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.
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.