- any of several North American trees belonging to the genus Carya, of the walnut family, certain species of which bear edible nuts or yield a valuable wood.Compare pecan, shagbark.
- the wood of any of these trees.
- a switch, stick, etc., of this wood.
- Baseball Slang. a baseball bat.
- Also called hickory cloth, hickory stripe. a strong fabric of twill construction, used chiefly in the manufacture of work clothes.
Origin of hickory
- a city in W North Carolina.
Related Wordsbusiness, staff, sap, cudgel, works, bludgeon, baton, mace, blackjack, truncheon, hammer, nightstick, quarterstaff, hickory, mallet, shillelagh, billy, swatter, rosewood, cosh
Examples from the Web for hickory
Outside, oak and hickory and pecan trees dotted the rolling grassland.The Death of a Rodeo Cowboy
May 11, 2014
Growing out of fissures of the bark and wood of Hickory, Acer, etc.The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio
A. P. Morgan
There were plenty of places nearer Hickory Ridge for fishing purposes.Pathfinder
We have hickory or ekkeri again, followed by a significant one.The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
These two main braces of course were extra strong, and made of hickory.Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys
Silas K. Boone
There was a fire of hickory, but it burned low, as though it knew the winter was over.The Long Roll
Word Origin and History for hickory
1670s, American English, from Algonquian (perhaps Powhatan), shortening of pockerchicory or a similar name for this species of walnut. Old Hickory as the nickname of U.S. politician Andrew Jackson is first recorded 1827.