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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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Examples from the web for hickory
  • 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.
  • Also called hickory pine broadleaf forest: noun: land covered by trees with wide, flat leaves.
  • The truck features a professional smoker filled with hickory wood that's rigged to the back end.
  • Ash, beech, hickory and cottonwoods catch the eye by turning various shades of gold and yellow.
  • Shagbark hickory syrup was the stuff of family legend.
  • He learned to bank his pits, to stack them with charcoal and hickory so that the temperature held steady through the night.
  • And then when you are denied care you can try to sue for help by bringing your lawyer a basket of hickory nuts.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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