- the nut of the brown hickory, Carya glabra, of North America.
- the tree itself.
- the tuber of a European plant, Conopodium denudatum.
Origin of pignut
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Examples from the Web for pignut
As a name for this tree, smooth hickory would be preferable to pignut.American Forest Trees
Henry H. Gibson
It appears that the pignut hickory is the most easily affected.Trees of Indiana
Charles Clemon Deam
Elsewhere the pignut and the mockernut are called "hickory."
The thin outer husk of the pignut is not much larger than the nut.On the Trail
Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
The pignut deserves the better name, "smooth hickory," a more ingratiating introduction to strangers.Trees Worth Knowing
Julia Ellen Rogers
- Also called: hognut
- the bitter nut of any of several North American hickory trees, esp Carya glabra (brown hickory)
- any of the trees bearing such a nut
- another name for earthnut
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