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[pin-yuh n, peen-yohn, peen-yohn; Spanish pee-nyawn]
noun, plural pi·ñons, Spanish pi·ño·nes [pee-nyaw-nes] /piˈnyɔ nɛs/.
  1. Also pinyon. Also called pinyon pine, nut pine. any of several pines of southwestern North America, as Pinus monophylla or P. edulis, bearing edible, nutlike seeds.
  2. Also called piñon nut. the seed.
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Origin of piñon

1825–35, Americanism; < Spanish piñón, derivative of piña pine cone
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Historical Examples

  • Our band cannot either come on to the Pinon or cross the war-trail at any point.

    The Scalp Hunters

    Mayne Reid

  • My mind has not been easy since I saw them go eastward from the Pinon.

  • Ay, and you shall have a half peck of pinon nuts for your supper, I promise you.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • It is perhaps worth while to tell what befell Anizy, and how Pinon escaped.

    France and the Republic

    William Henry Hurlbert

  • Then he said, "I will bring the gum of the pinon and set fire to that."