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  1. a hickory, Carya ovata, having shaggy, rough bark and yielding a valuable wood.
  2. the wood.
  3. the ellipsoidal, slightly angular nut of this tree.
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Origin of shagbark

First recorded in 1685–95; shag(gy) + bark2
Also called shagbark hickory (for defs 1, 2).
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  1. a North American hickory tree, Carya ovata, having loose rough bark and edible nuts
  2. the wood of this tree, used for tool handles, fuel, etc
  3. the light-coloured hard-shelled nut of this tree
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Word Origin for shagbark

C18: so called because of the texture of its bark
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Word Origin and History for shagbark


type of hickory, 1751, from shag (n.) + bark (n.1).

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