One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A chiefly North American tree of the walnut family that yields useful timber and typically bears edible nuts.
- ‘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.
Late 17th century: abbreviation of pohickery, the local Virginian name, from Algonquian pawcohiccora.
A city in west central North Carolina, noted for its furniture industry; population 41,305 (est. 2008).
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