shagbark hickory

shagbark

[shag-bahrk]
noun
1.
a hickory, Carya ovata, having rough, shaggy, bark and yielding a valuable wood.
2.
the wood.
3.
the ellipsoidal, slightly angular nut of this tree.
Also called shagbark hickory (for defs 1, 2).


Origin:
1685–95; shag(gy) + bark2

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shagbark or shellbark (ˈʃæɡˌbɑːk)
 
n
1.  a North American hickory tree, Carya ovata, having loose rough bark and edible nuts
2.  the wood of this tree, used for tool handles, fuel, etc
3.  the light-coloured hard-shelled nut of this tree
 
[C18: so called because of the texture of its bark]
 
shellbark or shellbark
 
n
 
[C18: so called because of the texture of its bark]

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