[hik-uh-ree, hik-ree]

noun, plural hick·o·ries.

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

1610–20, Americanism; earlier pohickery < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) pocohiquara a milky drink prepared from hickory nuts


[hik-uh-ree, hik-ree]


a city in W North Carolina.
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Contemporary Examples of hickory

Historical Examples of hickory

  • Growing out of fissures of the bark and wood of Hickory, Acer, etc.

  • There were plenty of places nearer Hickory Ridge for fishing purposes.


    Alan Douglas

  • 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.

  • There was a fire of hickory, but it burned low, as though it knew the winter was over.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for hickory


noun plural -ries

any juglandaceous tree of the chiefly North American genus Carya, having nuts with edible kernels and hard smooth shellsSee also pecan, pignut (def. 1), bitternut (def. 1), shagbark
the hard tough wood of any of these trees
the nut of any of these trees
a switch or cane made of hickory wood

Word Origin for hickory

C17: from earlier pohickery, from Algonquian pawcohiccora food made from ground hickory nuts
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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.

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