pecan

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed into English from the French word pacane and at first spelt paccan. The French word derives from an Algonquian word,[1] perhaps Miami (Illinois) pakani. Compare Cree pakan (hard nut), Ojibwe bagaan, Abenaki pagann, bagôn, pagôn (nut; walnut, hazelnut).

a 68-year-old pecan tree, Carya illinoinensis
pecan nuts on a tree
a pecan nut
the edible portions of a pecan nut

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pecan (plural pecans)

  1. A deciduous tree, Carya illinoinensis, of the central and southern United States, having deeply furrowed bark, pinnately compound leaves, and edible nuts.
    • 1885, Howard Seely, A Ranchman's stories, page 154:
      And away on the farther bank, a motte of huge pecans, standing like giant sentinels over the dwarfed landscape, filled the eye with remote vistas in their shady, twilight aisles. It was very still.
    • 1978 April, in the Texas Monthly, page 51:
      Within its ornamental fence, the 8/10-acre property includes several of the largest live oaks in the area — plus huge pecans and stately magnolias.
  2. A smooth, thin-shelled, edible oval nut of this tree.
    • 1982, Beth Henley, Crimes of the heart, page 17:
      MEG. [] (Meg takes out two pecans and tries to open them by cracking them together.) Come on ... Crack, you demons! Crack!
      LENNY. We have a nutcracker!
      MEG. (Trying with her teeth.) Ah, where's the sport in a nutcracker? Where's the challenge?
  3. A half of the edible portion of the inside of this nut.
    • 2005, in The Condensed Encyclopedia of Healing Foods (Joseph Pizzorno, Lara Pizzorno; Atria Books, ISBN 978-0-7434-7402-3):
      Each shell contains two pecans, usually plump and oblong in shape, although some varieties are round or pointed.

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  1. ^ 2005, Webster's New College Dictionary II [1] (ISBN 9780618396016), page 829: [Algonquian paccan]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Dialect Survey, and Joshua Katz' maps of it
  3. ^ pecan” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "pecan" in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, 2008, WordReference.com
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 pecan” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online
  6. ^ Christopher Davies, Divided by a Common Language: A Guide to British and American English (2005-7)
  7. ^ Claude E. Kantner, Variant Louisiana pronunciations of the word "pecan" (1944)
  8. ^ Burkhard Dretzke, Modern British and American English pronunciation (2008)

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Verb[edit]

pecan

  1. Second-person plural (ustedes) present indicative form of pecar.
  2. Third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present indicative form of pecar.