One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A chiefly North American tree of the walnut family, which yields tough, heavy timber and typically bears edible nuts (pecans).
Genus Carya, family Juglandaceae: several species. See also pecan
- ‘In the southern Blue Ridge, the chestnut was replaced largely by oaks and hickories, and also by yellow-poplar, maple, hemlock, and other species, depending on local conditions.’
- ‘A canopy of hickory, oak and mesquite shrouded the barn and the muddy red clay.’
- ‘Snaking across rugged forested land, the trails lead you through a mix of oak, hickory, beech and maple that present a range of almost Eastern-quality fall colors.’
- ‘However, Stone envisioned some twenty pieces of furniture - chairs, couches, sofas, benches, stools, screens, and tables - in oak, hickory, and cherry.’
- ‘Just as well, because hickory, long the wood of choice, is in short supply.’
- 1.1 A stick made of hickory wood.
2Australian An acacia tree that yields tough, close-grained timber.
Genus Acacia, family Leguminosae: several species, in particular A. implexa
- ‘On the ridges and slopes white box and red stringy bark (E.macroryncha) dominate in association with kurrajong and hickory wattle.’
Late 17th century: abbreviation of pohickery, the local Virginian name, from Algonquian pawcohiccora.
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