The pecan (Carya illinoinensis) is a species of hickory native to Mexico and the southcentral and southeastern regions of the United States.
A pecan is a type of nut belonging to either of two species:
- Carya illinoinensis, the usual meaning of pecan
- Carya aquatica, bitter pecan, also called water hickory
The pecans are the four species of section Apocarya in the genus Carya, two of which are individually known as hickories
Pecan may also refer to:
- Pecan Bowl, a defunct college football game
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pecan \Pe*can"\, n. [Cf. F. pacane the nut.] (Bot.) A species of hickory ( Carya oliv[ae]formis), growing in North America, chiefly in the Mississippi valley and in Texas, where it is one of the largest of forest trees; also, its fruit, a smooth, oblong nut, an inch or an inch and a half long, with a thin shell and well-flavored meat. [Written also pacane.]
n. 1 A deciduous tree, (taxlink Carya illinoinensis species noshow=1), of the central and southern United States, having deeply furrowed bark, pinnately compound leaves, and edible nuts. 2 A smooth, thin-shelled, edible oval nut of this tree. 3 A half of the edible portion of the inside of this nut.
n. wood of a pecan tree
tree of southern United States and Mexico cultivated for its nuts [syn: pecan tree, Carya illinoensis, Carya illinoinsis]
smooth brown oval nut of south central United States
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1712, paccan "the pecan tree," or a related hickory, from French pacane, from an Algonquian word meaning "nut" (compare Cree pakan "hard-shelled nut," Ojibwa bagaan, Abenaki pagann, Fox /paka:ni/).
Usage examples of "pecan".
Then he walked out through the pecan trees in front of the house where Antonio stood waiting with the horses and they stood for a moment in a wordless abrazo and then he mounted up into the saddle and turned the horse into the road.
In your homestyle smoker, smoke andouille at 175-200 degrees F for approximately four to five hours using pecan or hickory wood.
When Jackie had gone, Selwood explained that Althorn mailed a fresh box nearly every day, as pecans were about the only type of present that he could buy in the remote region of Georgia, where the Aureole Mine was located.
It had peanuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds, cashews, Brazil, acorns, macadamia, walnut, chestnut, pine, beechnut, filbert, hickory, mixed.
Monday afternoon Marvin Oates was pulling his suitcase on wheels down a rural road that traversed cattle acreage and pecan orchards, across a bridge that spanned a coulee lined with hardwoods and palmettos, past neat cottages with screened porches and shade trees.
Christmas lights, and crossed a coulee that was shaded by pecan trees and whose banks were green and raked clean and sprinkled with periwinkles.
Onion soup was set before Angeline, followed by oysters en brochette, daube glace, wild roast turkey stuffed with oysters and pecans, a dish of grillades of veal.
Oatmeal Cookies, Karo Syrup Easy Caramel Popcorn, or any of the five pecan pies on various other packages.
Bean never saw the stick, Tot was afraid of the water, and Tater was disinclined Matt and Rebecca lay on a quilt beneath a pecan tree and talked.
I went upstreet toward the county jail, which is four blocks south along Main in what some call the old pecan grove.
Some day we may have good trifoliate orange hybrids in Connecticut if the Buckley hickory, Stuart pecan, Arizona walnut and imbricated pine grow here.
Katrina tossed a salad and warmed dinner rolls, Caleb prepared a Risotto of arborio rice, broccoli raab, toasted pecans, and shredded Parmesan cheese.
This clearly shows that some of the standard southern pecans require something which they do not get at Aspers to enable them to properly mature their nuts.
Troy eyed the glass pitcher and tumblers arranged around a small plate of ladyfingers, grapes and pecan tarts.
Methods of propagation have been worked out, public opinion has been moulded, government investigation has been fostered, commercial planting of northern nut trees made possible, and today pecans, English walnuts and best varieties of grafted black walnuts may be had in quantity.