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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
hickory
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Add half to each pile when the time comes, plus two more hickory chunks to each side.
▪ Always after lunch I told them a story in a clearing under the oaks and hickories.
▪ Chris arranged for a lorry to load 12 tons of hickory wood billets in bundles at Gladstone Dock, starting at 8am.
▪ Euell Gibbons once claimed on my living room television that some breakfast cereal tasted like hickory nuts.
▪ In the last five years the hickory and the red oak are going away really quick.
▪ Mission furniture mixed with Adirondack twisted hickory and painted old pine.
▪ Son Barbecue, where the owner chops his own hickory.
▪ Then I started watching it in the hickory.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Hickory

Hickory \Hick"o*ry\, n. [North American Indian pawcohiccora (Capt. J. Smith) a kind of milk or oily liquor pressed from pounded hickory nuts. ``Pohickory'' is named in a list of Virginia trees, in 1653, and this was finally shortened to ``hickory.'' --J. H. Trumbull.] (Bot.) An American tree of the genus Carya, of which there are several species. The shagbark is the Carya alba, and has a very rough bark; it affords the hickory nut of the markets. The pignut, or brown hickory, is the Carya glabra. The swamp hickory is Carya amara, having a nut whose shell is very thin and the kernel bitter. Hickory shad. (Zo["o]l.)

  1. The mattowacca, or fall herring.

  2. The gizzard shad.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
hickory

1670s, American English, from Algonquian (perhaps Powhatan), shortening of pockerchicory or a similar name for this species of walnut. Old Hickory as the nickname of U.S. politician Andrew Jackson is first recorded 1827.

Wiktionary
hickory

a. Of or pertaining to the hickory tree or its wood. n. 1 Any of various deciduous hardwood trees of the genus ''Carya'' or (taxlink Annamocarya genus noshow=1). 2 (context uncountable English) The wood of these trees.

WordNet
hickory
  1. n. valuable tough heavy hardwood from various hickory trees

  2. American hardwood tree bearing edible nuts [syn: hickory tree]

Gazetteer
Hickory, NC -- U.S. city in North Carolina
Population (2000): 37222
Housing Units (2000): 16571
Land area (2000): 28.068538 sq. miles (72.697177 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.007093 sq. miles (0.018370 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 28.075631 sq. miles (72.715547 sq. km)
FIPS code: 31060
Located within: North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37
Location: 35.737682 N, 81.328372 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 28601 28602
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Hickory, OK -- U.S. town in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 87
Housing Units (2000): 40
Land area (2000): 0.551604 sq. miles (1.428649 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.003346 sq. miles (0.008665 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.554950 sq. miles (1.437314 sq. km)
FIPS code: 34150
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 34.559558 N, 96.856941 W
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Hickory, MS -- U.S. town in Mississippi
Population (2000): 499
Housing Units (2000): 207
Land area (2000): 0.931167 sq. miles (2.411712 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.931167 sq. miles (2.411712 sq. km)
FIPS code: 31980
Located within: Mississippi (MS), FIPS 28
Location: 32.316880 N, 89.023376 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 39332
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Hickory -- U.S. County in Missouri
Population (2000): 8940
Housing Units (2000): 6184
Land area (2000): 398.628219 sq. miles (1032.442304 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 13.109916 sq. miles (33.954526 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 411.738135 sq. miles (1066.396830 sq. km)
Located within: Missouri (MO), FIPS 29
Location: 37.916612 N, 93.333791 W
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Wikipedia
Hickory (disambiguation)

Hickory is a type of tree (Carya species) found in North America and East Asia.

Hickory may also refer to:

Hickory

Hickory (from Powhatan) is a type of tree, comprising the genusCarya ( " nut"). The genus includes 17–19 species of deciduous trees with pinnately compound leaves and large nuts. Five or six species are native to China, Indochina, and India ( State of Assam), as many as 12 are native to the United States, four are found in Mexico, and two to four are from Canada. Hickory flowers are small, yellow-green catkins produced in spring. They are wind-pollinated and self-incompatible. The fruit is a globose or oval nut, long and diameter, enclosed in a four-valved husk, which splits open at maturity. The nut shell is thick and bony in most species, and thin in a few, notably C. illinoinensis; it is divided into two halves, which split apart when the seed germinates.

Beaked hickory (Annamocarya sinensis) is a species formerly classified as Carya sinensis, but now adjudged in the monotypic genus Annamocarya.

Usage examples of "hickory".

In your homestyle smoker, smoke andouille at 175-200 degrees F for approximately four to five hours using pecan or hickory wood.

Sage 5 ts Liquid hickory smoke Andouille was a great favorite in nineteenth-century New Orleans.

His lance was done for, until he could either give the head of it back to a good armorer or find an appropriate hickory sapling.

The succulent aroma of barbecuing pork wafted through the chill spring air, and fragrant clouds of hickory smoke rose from the fires near the smithy, where haunches of venison, sides of mutton, and broiled fowl in their dozens turned on spits.

It had peanuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds, cashews, Brazil, acorns, macadamia, walnut, chestnut, pine, beechnut, filbert, hickory, mixed.

He had never gone ratting about the countryside with Hickory Lee, and when this Korean woman invaded the Bali Hai with the avowed intention, some said, of sleeping with the entire contingent, she had been assured by the other wives that her husband would have nothing to do with her.

Aghdon and struck off across the uplands, leaving the largest of the ironoaks behind them and entering a forest of hickory, liquidambar, and witaec.

They left Aghdon and struck off across the uplands, leaving the largest of the ironoaks behind them and entering a forest of hickory, liquidambar, and witaec.

But when they made him president, Ol' Hickory packed the Choctaws up right along with the dang Creeks, sent the whole sad and sorry bunch off to Oklahoma.

I told the Frenchman that Ol' Hickory kept a soft spot in his heart for Choctaws all the same.

THE WHITE ASHES OF HICKORY OR MAPLE WOOD dissolved in water make an excellent alkaline drink in fevers, or whenever the system seems surcharged with acidity.

On the surface, Governor Barnett ruled a lush and tranquil land blanketed with luxuriant forests of virgin pines, tupelo, sycamore, persimmon, magnolia, holly, sweet gum, and hickory, from gentle foothills in the north to cypress swamps curtained with Spanish moss and Gulf Coast resorts in the south.

It is a high tract of country from which one looks across the lower reaches to the distant Blue Ridge mountains, whose wholesome breath, all unobstructed, here blends with the woods-odors of the beech, the hickory and the muscadine: a part of a range recalled elsewhere by Mr.

Through that vague wafture, expirations strong Throb from young hickories breathing deep and long With stress and urgence bold of prisoned spring And ecstasy of burgeoning.

The normative astronaut was Hickory Lee: quiet, fearfully efficient, solid drinker off duty, quick to anger if his rights were trespassed, and average in almost every other human reaction.