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hickory 1

Syllabification: hick·o·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈhik(ə)rē/


1A chiefly North American tree of the walnut family that yields useful timber and typically bears edible nuts.
  • Genus Carya, family Juglandaceae: several species, including the shagbark hickory (C. ovata), with shaggy peeling bark. See also pecan, pignut
Example sentences
  • In the southern Blue Ridge, the chestnut was replaced largely by oaks and hickories, and also by yellow-poplar, maple, hemlock, and other species, depending on local conditions.
  • Snaking across rugged forested land, the trails lead you through a mix of oak, hickory, beech and maple that present a range of almost Eastern-quality fall colors.
  • However, Stone envisioned some twenty pieces of furniture - chairs, couches, sofas, benches, stools, screens, and tables - in oak, hickory, and cherry.
1.1A stick made of hickory wood.


Late 17th century: abbreviation of pohickery, the local Virginian name, from Algonquian pawcohiccora.

Words that rhyme with hickory

chickaree, chicory, Terpsichore, trickery
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Hickory 2 Syllabification: Hick·o·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈhik(ə)rē/
A city in west central North Carolina, noted for its furniture industry; population 41,305 (est. 2008).
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