• Shagbark Hickory. Shellbark Hickory
    Shagbark Hickory. Shellbark Hickory
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hickory American hardwood tree bearing edible nuts
    • n hickory valuable tough heavy hardwood from various hickory trees
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Shellbark Hickory. King Nut Shellbark Hickory. King Nut
Mocker Nut Hickory Mocker Nut Hickory
Small Pignut Hickory Small Pignut Hickory
Pignut Hickory Pignut Hickory
Bitternut Hickory Bitternut Hickory

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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 Hickory (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hickory A North American tree belonging to the genus Carya, of the natural order Juglandeœ. It has alternate pinnate leaves, no stipules, and monœcious flowers, the sterile in catkins, the fertile solitary or in small clusters or spikes. The fruit is a dry drupe with a bony nut-shell, containing a large 4-lobed orthotropous seed. See Carya.
    • n hickory The wood of this tree. It is heavy, strong, and flexible, and very valuable, being used for a great variety of purposes. That of the shagbark or shellbark is the most valuable.
    • n hickory In Australia, a name applied to several trees the wood of which is used for the same purposes as that of the American hickories, especially the hickory-acacia, Acacia leprosa, the blackwood of Australia, Acacia Melanoxylon, and the hickory-eucalyptus, Eucalyptus punctata.
    • n hickory In Tasmania, a shrub or small tree of the rue family, Phebalium squameum, conspicuous for its strong smell, silvery under-surface of the leaves, and small pink-and-white flowers.
    • n hickory Same as white-heart hickory.
    • n hickory Same as pignut, 2.
    • n hickory Same as bitternut.
    • n hickory The shellbark, Hicoria ovata.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hickory hik′or-i a genus (Carva) of North American nut-bearing trees, with heavy strong tenacious wood, used for shafts of carriages, handles of axes, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pohickery; of Indian origin.


In literature:

Because Adele was with us we started in good time, so that we could go by way of Hickory Hammer and Three Horse Hill.
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates
The original forest growth consisted of oak, hickory, and walnut.
"History and Comprehensive Description of Loudoun County, Virginia" by James W. Head
They sat down at last at the foot of a hickory tree.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
I could bring you home a hickory nut cake, perhaps.
"Uncle Wiggily in the Woods" by Howard R. Garis
The beechnut and the hickory nut are rich and much prized swine food.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
Finally she turned in a by-road, leading between two rich hickory groves.
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
A large hickory tree grew through the center of the porch where a hole had been cut out for its growth.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Oaks, hickory, chestnut, maples, and sycamore are among the useful woods for campers.
"On the Trail" by Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
Again he is leaping over the white surface to clamber up the repellent bark of a tall hickory.
"The Ontario Readers" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Her occupation in Hickory Street was gone.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

In poetry:

Then sped that cow-boy band away,
Full of revengeful wrath,
And Kendall Evans rode ahead
Upon a hickory lath.
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field
"Mother! They all go in to swim!"
"Think of the aftermath, dear.
Well, hang your clothes on a hickory limb,
But never drink your bath, dear."
"Modern Hygiene" by C J Dennis
Witch-hazel, dogwood, and the maple here;
And there the oak and hickory;
Linn, poplar, and the beech-tree, far and near
As the eased eye can see.
"The Wood" by Madison Julius Cawein
I told you 't was nonsense. Joe, give us a song!
Go harness up "Dolly," and fetch her along!--
Dead! Dead! You false graybeard, I swear they are not!
Hurrah for Old Hickory!--Oh, I forgot!
"Once More" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And Katherine's smile was pleasant, and Katherine's temper good,
And how she come to like Tom Smith, I never understood;
For she was a mornin'-glory, as fair as you ever see,
And Tom was a shag-bark hickory, as green as green could be.
"Out O’ The Fire" by William McKendree Carleton
'How many times have you sat at gaze
Till the mouldering fire forgot to blaze,
Shaping among the whimsical coals
Fancies and figures and shining goals!
What matters the ashes that cover those?
While hickory lasts you can toast your toes.
"To Charles Eliot Norton" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Roadwork to narrow 1800 block of Hickory Valley Road starts today.
Request for special permit for overnight camping at Hickory Grove gets denied.
KHQA viewer uses her head to save Hickory Grove Halloween.
Hazel Irene Coffey Miller, 56, of Hickory, passed away Oct 27, 2012, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
Hickory Farms' Smokin' Turnaround Plan.
Free golf at Hickory Knob State Resort Park for Public Safety Personnel next month.
Hickory Park Provides Free Memory Screenings to Greenfield on October 19.
Hickory Elementary School holds program for veterans.
Hickory Elementary School veterans.
DeShawn Coleman rushed 14 times for 75 yards and scored twice as Hickory breezed past Wilmington 39-7 in the District 10 Class AA championship game Saturday at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.
Boy Scout Troop 41 Pancake Fundraiser at Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
Hickory Grove family thankful for adoption, despite battle for prosthetic legs.
Hickory Grove family celebrates 'the greatest blessing.
Hickory Creek celebrates 40th anniversary.
Man shoots, kills suspected burglar at Hickory Hill home.

In science:

The pignut hickory is not unique in showing this kind of uptake pattern; however, it does appear to be unique with respect to Al and Mn uptake and location in the leaf.
Polar Concentration of Elements in Tree Leaves
Fig. 1. X-ray spectra of the elements on the topside (red) and underside (black) of leaves collected from a pignut hickory.
Polar Concentration of Elements in Tree Leaves