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.
Genus Carya, family Juglandaceae: several species, including the shagbark hickory (C. ovata), with shaggy peeling bark. See also pecan, pignut
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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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