pecan

Definitions

  • Bowl with grotesque head: Pecan Point,--1/3
    Bowl with grotesque head: Pecan Point,--1/3
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pecan smooth brown oval nut of south central United States
    • n pecan tree of southern United States and Mexico cultivated for its nuts
    • n pecan wood of a pecan tree
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Bowl with grotesque head: Pecan Point,--1/2 Bowl with grotesque head: Pecan Point,--1/2
Pot: Pecan Point, Arkansas.--1/3 Pot: Pecan Point, Arkansas.--1/3
Animal-shaped vase: Pecan Point, Arkansas.--1/3 Animal-shaped vase: Pecan Point, Arkansas.--1/3
Head-shaped vase: Pecan Point, Arkansas.--1/2 Head-shaped vase: Pecan Point, Arkansas.--1/2

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When former Texas Governor James Hogg was on his deathbed he made a special request that a pecan tree be planted at the head of his grave instead of a tombstone. The governor passed away on March 2, 1906, which is Texas Independence Day. The pecan tree is now the state tree of Texas
    • n Pecan (Bot) A species of hickory (Carya olivæformis), 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pine, spruce, or other evergreen wood should never be used in barbecues. These woods, when burning or smoking, can add harmful tar and resins to the food. Only hardwoods should be used for smoking and grilling, such as oak, pecan, hickory, maple, cherry, alder, apple, or mesquite, depending on the type of meat being cooked.
    • n pecan A North American tree, Hicoria Pecan (Carya olivæ-formis). It abounds on rich bottom-lands from Illinois southward and south westward, thriving especially in Arkansas and the Indian Territory. It is the largest tree of its genus, reaching sometimes a great height; but its wood is of little use except for fuel. Its leaves have thirteen or fifteen slender-pointed leaflets.
    • n pecan The nut of the pecan-tree, which is olive-shaped, an inch long or over, smooth and thin-shelled, with a very sweet and oily meat. It is gathered in large quantities for the general market.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The state flower of Texas is the Bluebonnet; the state tree is a pecan.
    • n Pecan pē-kan′ a North American tree whose wood is chiefly used for fuel, also the nut it yields.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. pacane, the nut

Usage

In literature:

Mr. Reed: Doctor Morris referred to the analogy of the pecan grafted on pecan as coming into bearing in two years.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The man was a trader, carrying honey and pecans to Fort Worth.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
In all my trials using pecan scions the only pecan which grafts well on it and survives indefinitely, is the Hope.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
The chestnuts and most of the pecans are very young and so are not bearing.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
A gang of these great birds has roosted in the pecan grove, close to where the prairie pirates are encamped.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Lazos had been reeved over the limbs of the pecan, and with these all six had been jerked up without shrift or prayer!
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
There is a pecan forest of perhaps 200 acres, from which everything but pecan timber was removed several years ago.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The catalpa and China-bell trees were in full blossom and the pecans were leafing out.
"The Twenty-fifth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion" by George P. Bissell
Stuff them with minced pecans mixed with scraped maple sugar, and bake.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
She preferred pecan nuts and shredded-wheat biscuit, and ate corn.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
Of the pecan diseases, the pecan scab is probably the most conspicuous fungus trouble.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Fourth Annual Meeting" by Various
Many know that there is no better pecan than the San Saba.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting" by Various
One Busseron tree had fifty pecans on it and a number of Major and Butterick trees had pecans but I do not believe they stuck.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
Like there was lots of pecans down in the swamps.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Walnuts, pecans, or any other nuts would do all right.
"The Khaki Kook Book" by Mary Kennedy Core
Add one cup of finely chopped pecans or peanuts.
"Armour's Monthly Cook Book, Volume 2, No. 12, October 1913" by Various
We put pecans in him.
"Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
Particularly is this true in Southwestern Texas, where the pecan is confined almost solely to river bottoms.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
We of the cold North, as we crack the toothsome pecan, hardly realize its kinship with the hickory.
"Getting Acquainted with the Trees" by J. Horace McFarland
Hicoria Pecan (Marsh) Britt.
"Texas Honey Plants" by C. E. Sanborn
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In news:

Applications for the Abilene Area Pecan Show will be accepted Monday.
Entries range from your average pecan pie to bread or even candy.
Pecan farmers on alert for nut rustlers.
A classic stuffing combination - sausage and pecan.
Caramel Corn with Almonds and Pecans.
Across the region, tiny creatures are being lured with the help of Keebler Pecan Sandies.
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans.
1 hour before serving, roll in pecans and parsley.
THE PECAN BARN — 317 Whitley Ch.
We crack, clean sell & buy pecans 919-222-2810.
Visitation is today from 5 to 7 pm with the funeral service at 1 pm Monday at the McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E Pecan, Lockhart.
1 cup of chopped pecans.
The service will be held under the shade of the old pecan tree behind the church building.
The blue ribbon goes to the cranberry orange pecan bars.
Caramel Corn with Almonds and Pecans.
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