Pecan

Fresh harvested pecan nuts with leaves on a black bamboo mat.

Carya illinoinensis

Pecan (Wiktionary)

English

Alternative forms

  • paccan, peccan (dated, possibly obsolete)

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɑːn, -æn, -ɔːn, -iːkən

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