bristlecone pine

  1. 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.

Origin of bristlecone pine

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; bristle + cone

Words Nearby bristlecone pine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bristlecone pine in a sentence

  • 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

/ (ˈbrɪsəlˌkəʊn) /

  1. 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

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