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sugar pine

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noun
  1. a tall pine, Pinus lambertiana, of California, Oregon, etc., having cones 20 inches (51 cm) long.
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Origin of sugar pine

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for sugar pine

Historical Examples

  • He had a walking-stick made of the heart of sugar-pine; this he put at his side.

    Creation Myths of Primitive America

    Jeremiah Curtin

  • The prevailing tree was the California sugar-pine, so called because the Indians obtain a rude sugar from boiling down its sap.

    Across America

    James F. Rusling

  • It ranks second in size to the sugar-pine, but is a near rival in strength and nobleness of form.

    North America

    Israel C. Russell

  • At the end of it he found himself well elevated above the valley, and once more in the sugar-pine belt.

    The Rules of the Game

    Stewart Edward White

  • In the sugar-pine woods the most beautiful species is C. integerrimus, often called Californian lilac, or deer brush.

    The Yosemite

    John Muir


British Dictionary definitions for sugar pine

sugar pine

noun
  1. a pine tree, Pinus lambertiana, of California and Oregon, having spreading pendulous branches, light brown cones, and sugary resin
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