• Pecan


    • IPA: ˌpi(ː)ˈkɒːn pronunciation used by 32% of speakers in the US; common everywhere except New York, New England and the coastal Southeast
    The Dialect Survey, and Joshua Katz' maps of it
      • Rhymes: -ɒn
    • IPA: pɪ.kɒːn, ˌpɪˈkɒːn used by 23% of speakers in the US, mostly in the southern Midwest; also used in the UK
    Dictionary.com"pecan" in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, 2008, WordReference.com
    • IPA: ˈpiːˌkæn used by 14% of speakers in the US; common in New York, New England and the coastal Southeast; also used in the UK
    Merriam Webster OnlineChristopher Davies, Divided by a Common Language: A Guide to British and American English (2005-7)
      • Rhymes: -æn
    • IPA: ˈpiːˌkɒ(ː)n used by 13% of speakers in the US, mostly in the Upper Midwest
    • IPA: ˌpi(ː)ˈkæn used by 7% of speakers in the US, not common in any region
    • IPA: pɪk.æn used almost exclusively in coastal New England, and not the most common pronunciation even there
    Claude E. Kantner, Variant Louisiana pronunciations of the word "pecan" (1944)
    • IPA: ˌpɪˈkæn used in the UK; also used by some US speakers
    Burkhard Dretzke, Modern British and American English pronunciation (2008)

    Alternative forms


    Borrowed into English from the French word pacane and at first spelt paccan. The French word derives from an word,

    2005, Webster's New College Dictionary II http://books.google.com.ar/books?id=OL60E3r2yiYC&pg=PA829&dq=%22paccan%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=d0gkT_mwH8ahtwf8r4GiCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22paccan%22&f=false (ISBN 9780618396016), page 829: paccan

    perhaps Miami (Illinois) pakani. Compare Cree pakan ("hard nut"), Ojibwe bagaan, Abenaki pagann, bagôn, pagôn ("nut; walnut, hazelnut").

    Full definition of pecan



    (plural pecans)
    1. A deciduous tree, , 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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