mockernut

[mok-er-nuht]

Origin of mockernut

1795–1805, Americanism; apparently mocker + nut
Also called mockernut hickory.
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mockernut

noun
  1. Also called: black hickory a species of smooth-barked hickory, Carya tomentosa, with fragrant foliage that turns bright yellow in autumn
  2. the nut of this tree

Word Origin for mockernut

so called because the nut is difficult to extract
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