pine barren


noun

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.

Origin of pine barren

An Americanism dating back to 1725–35
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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.