- a hickory, Carya cordiformis, of the eastern and southern U.S., bearing a smooth, gray, bitter seed.
Origin of bitternut
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Examples from the Web for bitternut
None of them that I have tried to graft will live on bitternut roots.
The Bitternut, or Swamp Hickory, has a kernel which is very bitter.Woodcraft
From the shape of the nut, I believe it has a trace of the bitternut hickory in its make-up.
I don't think I have ever seen a hickory nut tree so loaded with nuts as a Manahan which I have grafted on bitternut.
The nuts are not of very good quality, like most bitternut hybrids.
- an E North American hickory tree, Carya cordiformis, with thin-shelled nuts and bitter kernels
- the nut of this plant
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