ground pine



any of several species of club moss, especially Lycopodium obscurum or L. complanatum.
a European herb, Ajuga chamaepitys, of the mint family, having a resinous odor.

Origin of ground pine

First recorded in 1545–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ground pine

Historical Examples of ground pine

  • They cut masses of laurel, and ground-pine, and strung them on twine.

    The Witness

    Grace Livingston Hill Lutz

  • There were three different species of ground-pine in these woods, and hepatica and pyrola and wintergreen, and thickets of laurel.

    Mercy Philbrick's Choice

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • She decked the pictures with ground-pine, and, in the act of preparing the dishes for supper that Gaston liked best, he found her.

    Joyce of the North Woods

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • If you are hanging your room with ground-pine, he lays hold of every stray twig, and tucks it into every crack he can reach.

  • Deep in the shadowy woods, often where pine-trees are growing, you will find the ground-pine.

British Dictionary definitions for ground pine

ground pine


a hairy plant, Ajuga chamaepitys, of Europe and N Africa, having two-lipped yellow flowers marked with red spots: family Lamiaceae (labiates). It smells of pine when crushedSee also bugle 2
any of certain North American club mosses, esp Lycopodium obscurum
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