[ hik-uh-ree, hik-ree ]
/ ˈhɪk ə ri, ˈhɪk ri /


a city in W North Carolina.

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British Dictionary definitions for hickorys


/ (ˈhɪkərɪ) /

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 hickorys



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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