WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
pe•can /pɪˈkɑn, -ˈkæn, ˈpikæn/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]
  1. a tall hickory tree of the southern U.S. and Mexico, grown for its smooth-shelled, edible nuts.
  2. a nut of this tree.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

pecan /pɪˈkæn; ˈpiːkən/ n
  1. a hickory tree, Carya pecan (or C. illinoensis), of the southern US, having deeply furrowed bark and edible nuts
  2. the smooth oval nut of this tree, which has a sweet oily kernel
Etymology: 18th Century: from Algonquian paccan; related to Ojibwa pagân nut with a hard shell, Cree pakan



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