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jack pine

noun
  1. a scrubby pine, Pinus banksiana, growing on tracts of poor, rocky land in Canada and the northern U.S., bearing short needles and curved cones.
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Origin of jack pine

First recorded in 1880–85
Also called gray pine.
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Examples from the Web for jack pine

Historical Examples

  • In Michigan it forms the "jack-pine plains" of the Lower Peninsula.

    Trees Worth Knowing

    Julia Ellen Rogers

  • He pointed out to her a squirrel sitting upon the branch of a jack-pine not far off.

    If Any Man Sin

    H. A. Cody

  • From the midst of a clump of second growth Jack-pine proceeded a glow of firelight.

  • Let me tell you one thing that I discovered the white oaks were doing in the sand of the Jack-pine plains of Michigan.

    Seed Dispersal

    William J. Beal

  • They sat on the bowlder for a few minutes, then scrambled downhill to the jack-pine flat, and built their evening fire.

    North of Fifty-Three

    Bertrand W. Sinclair


British Dictionary definitions for jack pine

jack pine

noun
  1. a coniferous tree, Pinus banksiana, of North America, having paired needle-like leaves and small cones that remain on the branches for many years: family Pinaceae
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