- a tall hickory tree, Carya illinoinensis, of the southern U.S. and Mexico, cultivated for its oval, smooth-shelled, edible nuts: the state tree of Texas.
- a nut of this tree.
Origin of pecan
Examples from the Web for pecan
The rest of Perry, with its population of around 15,000, is ringed by churches, pecan groves, and cotton fields.Nunn-Perdue: The Devil Went Down to Perry, Georgia
October 10, 2014
INSIDER TIP: Bring a collapsible sports chair and (try to) leave room for pecan pie and bread pudding.Foodie Heaven in Houston
July 10, 2014
Outside, oak and hickory and pecan trees dotted the rolling grassland.The Death of a Rodeo Cowboy
May 11, 2014
Girls weighed 90 pounds and barfed after eating a whole half-gallon of butter pecan ice cream.P.J. O’Rourke on Grabbing the Keys to Happiness
P. J. O’Rourke
January 24, 2014
He moves past the thick-trunked oak and pecan trees, headed for the city bus stop two blocks away.The Man Oswald First Tried to Kill Before JFK
Bill Minutaglio, Steven L. Davis
October 3, 2013
The deer is mine, I brought him down over in the pecan grove on the river.For the Liberty of Texas
Its flavor can not compare with that of the pecan, hickory, or black walnut.
This class of nuts is adopted to the north where the pecan is unsatisfactory.
We don't have the pecan tree in the North as a native at all.
I presume the Professor will think no change in pecan nuts necessary.How Doth the Simple Spelling Bee
- a hickory tree, Carya pecan (or C. illinoensis), of the southern US, having deeply furrowed bark and edible nuts
- the smooth oval nut of this tree, which has a sweet oily kernel
Word Origin and History for pecan
1712, paccan "the pecan tree," or a related hickory, from French pacane, from an Algonquian word meaning "nut" (cf. Cree pakan "hard-shelled nut," Ojibwa bagaan, Abenaki pagann, Fox /paka:ni/).