pine barren



a tract of sandy or peaty soil in which pine trees are the principal growth, as in low-lying areas near the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S.

Nearby words

  1. pindling,
  2. pindo palm,
  3. pindolol,
  4. pindus,
  5. pine,
  6. pine barrens,
  7. pine bluff,
  8. pine cone,
  9. pine end,
  10. pine family

Origin of pine barren

An Americanism dating back to 1725–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pine-barren

  • The next day found us wandering on across the pine-barren, as did the following, while the mist hung heavily over the country.

    In the Wilds of Florida|W.H.G. Kingston
  • Still, I hoped, by proceeding across the pine-barren, that I should in time see the light of their fire.

    In the Wilds of Florida|W.H.G. Kingston
  • It seemed to us that the ground was sloping, and that we were on the edge of a pine-barren.

    In the Wilds of Florida|W.H.G. Kingston
  • Let Mr. Wilson, his brothers, and Green take your dog and search in the pine-barren.

Word Origin and History for pine-barren



1731, American-English, from pine (n.) + barren (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper