[hik-uh-ree, hik-ree]
noun, plural hickories.
any of several North American trees belonging to the genus Carya, of the walnut family, certain species of which bear edible nuts or yield a valuable wood. Compare pecan, shagbark.
the wood of any of these trees.
a switch, stick, etc., of this wood.
Baseball Slang. a baseball bat.
Also called hickory cloth, hickory stripe. a strong fabric of twill construction, used chiefly in the manufacture of work clothes.

1610–20, Americanism; earlier pohickery < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) pocohiquara a milky drink prepared from hickory nuts

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[hik-uh-ree, hik-ree]
a city in W North Carolina.
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hickory (ˈhɪkərɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  pecan pignut bitternut See also shagbark any juglandaceous tree of the chiefly North American genus Carya, having nuts with edible kernels and hard smooth shells
2.  the hard tough wood of any of these trees
3.  the nut of any of these trees
4.  a switch or cane made of hickory wood
[C17: from earlier pohickery, from Algonquian pawcohiccora food made from ground hickory nuts]

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Word Origin & History

1671, Amer.Eng., from Algonquian (perhaps Powhatan), shortening of pockerchicory or a similar name for this species of walnut. Old Hickory as the nickname of U.S. politician Andrew Jackson is first recorded 1827.
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Example sentences
In baseball's early days, hickory and oak were often used, but these are too
  heavy now.
Also, smoking pork with hickory chips does the trick.
Let the woodpecker drum and drum on a hickory stump.
If the smoke dies down, add another handful of hickory chips.
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