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pine barren

  1. 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.
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Origin of pine barren

An Americanism dating back to 1725–35
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Historical Examples

  • Let Mr. Wilson, his brothers, and Green take your dog and search in the pine-barren.

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  • It seemed to us that the ground was sloping, and that we were on the edge of a pine-barren.

  • Still, I hoped, by proceeding across the pine-barren, that I should in time see the light of their fire.

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

  • On the other two sides the old fields ended in a solid black wall of pine-barren.

Word Origin and History for pine-barren


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

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