Definition of pecan in English:

pecan

noun

  • A smooth brown nut with an edible kernel similar to a walnut.

    • ‘Garnish with the toasted, chopped pecans or walnuts for crunch.’
    • ‘Squeak has buried untold pounds of walnuts, pecans, and peanuts in my yard.’
    • ‘You could also use hazelnuts, Brazils, cashews and pecans.’
    • ‘My pecan trees produced large, filled-out pecans last year, but about half of the crop was damaged with dark spots on the meat.’
    • ‘Today's crumble features bananas and pears, and a topping starring toasted pecans and bran flakes.’
    • ‘Scatter the pecans and dried cranberries in the tart base.’
    • ‘Stir in apples, pecans, parsley, thyme, sage, salt and pepper.’
    • ‘The most common foods people are allergic to include: peanuts; walnuts; pecans or almonds; and wheat and gluten.’
    • ‘Unroasted nuts such as almonds, cashews, pecans, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts and walnuts make an ideal snack food for would-be slimmers keen to get cracking.’
    • ‘Switch almonds with Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds.’
    • ‘Roasted pecans, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds are a nice addition.’
    • ‘Half of those allergic to peanuts are also allergic to tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, and often sunflower and sesame seeds.’
    • ‘Yes, this recipe is better known as a pecan pie with walnuts instead of pecans.’
    • ‘Other common ingredients are crushed pecans and almonds.’
    • ‘Hazelnuts, both in the dough and praline, can be substituted with other nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pecans.’
    • ‘Nuts especially high in vitamin E include almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and pecans.’
    • ‘This resulted in an oversupply of peanuts, soybeans, pecans, and sweet potatoes.’
    • ‘Many nuts are rich in it, including walnuts and pecans, as are cooking oils such as corn and sesame oil.’
    • ‘There were almonds, peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans and Brazil nuts.’
    • ‘Tree nuts include walnuts, pecans, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pine nuts, pistachios, and more.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French pacane, from Illinois (an American Indian language).

Pronunciation:

pecan

/pəˈkän//ˈpēˌkan/