pecan
noun Etymology: American French pacane, from Illinois pakani Date: 1772 1. a large hickory (Carya illinoinensis syn. C. illinoensis) that has roughish bark and hard but brittle wood and is widely grown in the warmer parts of the United States and in Mexico for its edible nut 2. the wood of the pecan tree 3. the smooth oblong thin-shelled nut of the pecan tree

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  • pécan — ou pecan [ pekɑ̃ ] n. m. • 1930; de l algonquin pakan « noix », par l angl. amér. pecan ♦ Anglic. Fruit du pacanier, dont la noix comestible est très semblable à celle du noyer mais plus aplatie et d un goût très fin. ⇒vx pacane. Noix de pécan.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • pecan — pécan ou pecan [ pekɑ̃ ] n. m. • 1930; de l algonquin pakan « noix », par l angl. amér. pecan ♦ Anglic. Fruit du pacanier, dont la noix comestible est très semblable à celle du noyer mais plus aplatie et d un goût très fin. ⇒vx pacane. Noix de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • pecan — 1712, paccan the pecan tree, or a related hickory, from Fr. pacane, from an Algonquian word meaning nut (Cf. Cree pakan hard shelled nut, Ojibwa bagaan, Abenaki pagann, Fox /paka:ni/) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Pecan — Pe*can , n. [Cf. F. pacane the nut.] (Bot.) A species of hickory ({Carya oliv[ae]formis}), 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pecan — Pecan, so v.w. Pacan …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • pecán — pecán. (De or. algonquino). m. Méx. pacana …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • pecán — (De or. algonquino). m. Méx. pacana …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • pecan — ► NOUN ▪ a smooth pinkish brown nut like a walnut, obtained from a hickory tree of the southern US. ORIGIN from an American Indian …   English terms dictionary

  • pecan — ☆ pecan [pē kän′, pēkan′; pikän′, pikan′; pē′kän΄, pē′kan΄ ] n. [18th c. Mississippi Valley Fr pacane < Illinois pakani] 1. an olive shaped, edible nut with a thin, smooth shell 2. the North American tree (Carya illinoensis) of the walnut… …   English World dictionary

  • Pecan — Taxobox name = Pecan status = secure image width = 240px image caption = Pecan orchard Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Fagales familia = Juglandaceae genus = Carya …   Wikipedia

  • pecan — /pi kahn , kan , pee kan/, n. 1. a tall hickory tree, Carya illinoinensis, of the southern U.S. and Mexico, cultivated for its oval, smooth shelled, edible nuts: the state tree of Texas. 2. a nut of this tree. [1765 75, Amer.; < Mississippi… …   Universalium

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