jack pine



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.

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 of jack pine

  • 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


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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