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  1. a North American hickory, Carya tomentosa, bearing a sweet, edible nut.
  2. the nut itself.
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Origin of mockernut

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

so called because the nut is difficult to extract
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