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[hik-uh-ree, hik-ree] /ˈhɪk ə ri, ˈhɪk ri/
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.
Origin of hickory
Virginia Algonquian
1610-20, Americanism; earlier pohickery < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) pocohiquara a milky drink prepared from hickory nuts


[hik-uh-ree, hik-ree] /ˈhɪk ə ri, ˈhɪk ri/
a city in W North Carolina. Unabridged
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  • hickory, don't you know—haven't you been told what she is expected to say or do here to-day?

    Hand and Ring Anna Katharine Green
  • Growing out of fissures of the bark and wood of hickory, Acer, etc.

  • There was in these days no more beautiful place in all the luxuriant low country contiguous to Charleston than hickory Hill.

    Life in the Confederate Army Arthur Peronneau Ford
  • These two main braces of course were extra strong, and made of hickory.

  • Will you tell the court where you have been to-day, Mr. hickory?

    Hand and Ring Anna Katharine Green
  • The hickory had proven as stubborn as he was himself—which is saying a great deal.

    Tom Slade with the Colors Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • hickory at once recognized the battered doll under the aristocratic title which Polly had long ago bestowed upon it.

  • I'm covered all over right now with lumps as big as hickory nuts.

  • Fall, with the red of sumac and of hard maple, the leathery brown of hickory leaves, and the pale yellow of elm was upon the land.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
British Dictionary definitions for hickory


noun (pl) -ries
any juglandaceous tree of the chiefly North American genus Carya, having nuts with edible kernels and hard smooth shells See also pecan, pignut (sense 1), bitternut (sense 1), shagbark
the hard tough wood of any of these trees
the nut of any of these trees
a switch or cane made of hickory wood
Word Origin
C17: from earlier pohickery, from Algonquian pawcohiccora food made from ground hickory nuts
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Word Origin and History for hickory

1670s, American English, 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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