[ pi-kahn, -kan, pee-kan ]
/ pɪˈkɑn, -ˈkæn, ˈpi kæn /


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

1765–75, Americanism; < Mississippi Valley French pacane < Illinois pakani < Proto-Algonquian *paka·n- nut (derivative of *pake·- crack nuts) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for pecan

/ (pɪˈkæn, ˈpiːkən) /


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 for pecan

C18: from Algonquian paccan; related to Ojibwa pagân nut with a hard shell, Cree pakan
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