[North American Indian pawcohiccora
(Capt. J. Smith) a kind of milk or oily liquor pressed from pounded hickory nuts. “Pohickory
” is named in a list of Virginia trees, in 1653, and this was finally shortened to “hickory.” J. H. Trumbull.
Hickory shad. (Zoöl.) (a) The mattowacca, or fall herring. (b) The gizzard shad.
An American tree of the genus Carya, of which there are several species. The shagbark is the Carya alba, and has a very rough bark; it affords the hickory nut of the markets. The pignut, or brown hickory, is the Carya glabra. The swamp hickory is Carya amara, having a nut whose shell is very thin and the kernel bitter. [1913 Webster]