Definition of pecan in English:


Syllabification: pe·can
Pronunciation: /pəˈkän
, ˈpēˌkan


A smooth brown nut with an edible kernel similar to a walnut.
  • This nut is obtained from a hickory tree (Carya illinoensis, family Juglandaceae), native to the southern US
More example sentences
  • Unroasted nuts such as almonds, cashews, pecans, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts and walnuts make an ideal snack food for would-be slimmers keen to get cracking.
  • Half of those allergic to peanuts are also allergic to tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, and often sunflower and sesame seeds.
  • Tree nuts include walnuts, pecans, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pine nuts, pistachios, and more.


late 18th century: from French pacane, from Illinois (an American Indian language).

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