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pecan

[pi-kahn, -kan, pee-kan] /pɪˈkɑn, -ˈkæn, ˈpi kæn/
noun
1.
a tall hickory tree, Carya illinoinensis, of the southern U.S. and Mexico, cultivated for its oval, smooth-shelled, edible nuts: the state tree of Texas.
2.
a nut of this tree.
Origin of pecan
Mississippi Valley French
1765-1775
1765-75, Americanism; < Mississippi Valley French pacane < Illinois pakani < Proto-Algonquian *paka·n- nut (derivative of *pake·- crack nuts)
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pecan

/pɪˈkæn; ˈpiːkən/
noun
1.
a hickory tree, Carya pecan (or C. illinoensis), of the southern US, having deeply furrowed bark and edible nuts
2.
the smooth oval nut of this tree, which has a sweet oily kernel
Word Origin
C18: from Algonquian paccan; related to Ojibwa pagân nut with a hard shell, Cree pakan
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Word Origin and History for pecan
n.

1712, paccan "the pecan tree," or a related hickory, from French pacane, from an Algonquian word meaning "nut" (cf. Cree pakan "hard-shelled nut," Ojibwa bagaan, Abenaki pagann, Fox /paka:ni/).

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