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bristlecone pine

a pine, Pinus aristata, of the southwestern U.S., bearing short needles crowded into long, thick bundles and cones having scales tipped with a slender, curved spine.
Also called hickory pine.
Origin of bristlecone pine
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95; bristle + cone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata) owes its name to the sharp bristles on the tips of the cone scales.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for bristlecone pine

bristlecone pine

a coniferous tree, Pinus aristata, of the western US, bearing cones with bristle-like prickles: one of the longest-lived trees, useful in radiocarbon dating
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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