n. pl. hick·o·ries
1. Any of several chiefly North American deciduous trees of the genus Carya, having smooth or shaggy bark, pinnately compound leaves, and hard smooth nuts, each containing an edible seed and surrounded by a husk that splits into four valves.
a. The tough, heavy wood of one of these trees.
b. A walking stick or switch made from such wood.
[Short for Virginia Algonquian pocohiquara, drink made of pressed hickory nuts.]
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