Definition of pignut in US English:



  • 1US A hickory tree that bears nuts with thin husks.

    Genus Carya, family Juglandaceae: four North American species, black hickory (C. texana), pignut hickory (C. glabra), sand hickory (C. pallida), and scrub hickory (C. floridana)

    • ‘Black oak, red oak, chinquapin oak, bitternut hickory, and pignut hickory are common near hill summits, where the driest conditions prevail.’
    • ‘Summer visitors to Davies Meadows can enjoy wandering amongst an array of wild flowers including green-winged orchids, yellow-rattle, knapweed, pignut and meadow vetchling.’
    • ‘Atop the plateau the dominant trees are white oak, northern red oak, chestnut oak, shagbark hickory, mockernut hickory, and pignut hickory.’
    • ‘Then white umbels of pignuts contrast with the drooping honey-scented cream plumes of meadowsweet.’
    • ‘Most likely, it is an American elm, possibly a hickory, of which the best candidate would be the pignut, Carya glabra.’
  • 2

    another term for earthnut (sense 1)
    • ‘I have just got back from a bushcrafting weekend staying in some woods, and in those woods were the most amount of pignuts any of us have ever seen.’
    • ‘In spite of the fact that Pignut used to be grubbed up by pigs and people alike for food, it can still be found in open dry woodlands, scrub, sandy heaths, commons and other rough grasslands in most of the British Isles.’