Pecan



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

noun
1.
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.
2.
a nut of this tree.
/pɪˈkæn; ˈpiːkən/
noun
1.
a hickory tree, Carya pecan (or C. illinoensis), of the southern US, having deeply furrowed bark and edible nuts
2.
the smooth oval nut of this tree, which has a sweet oily kernel
n.

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/).

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