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pine cone

the cone or strobile of a pine tree.
Origin of pine cone
First recorded in 1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One of us would have to keep a pine cone burning all the time.

    True Bear Stories Joaquin Miller
  • There he was picking out seeds from a pine cone on the ground.

    Whitefoot the Wood Mouse Thornton W. Burgess
  • You can see how thin I am, for there is not much to eat in a pine cone.

  • A pine cone falls from the branch; a dry twig or so falls too.

    Pan Knut Hamsun
  • Jim whistled and called all the way to the three pine cone hills.

    The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold

    Margaret Vandercook
  • He took the old play out—he had not unpacked it since he came from pine cone!

    The Man Thou Gavest Harriet T. Comstock
  • It had now been years since pine cone had touched his thought sharply.

    The Man Thou Gavest Harriet T. Comstock
  • pine cone Settlement had, since the trap episode, been tense and waiting.

    The Man Thou Gavest Harriet T. Comstock
  • Winter clutched and held pine cone Settlement in a deadly grip.

    The Man Thou Gavest Harriet T. Comstock
  • "Got an idea," Wally gasped, fanning himself with a pine cone.

    A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce
British Dictionary definitions for pine cone

pine cone

the seed-producing structure of a pine tree See cone (sense 3a)
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Word Origin and History for pine cone

1690s, from pine (n.) + cone (n.). An earlier word for it was pine nut (Old English pinhnyte); also see pineapple.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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