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pitch pine

noun

  1. any of several pines from which pitch or turpentine is obtained.


pitch pine

noun

  1. any of various coniferous trees of the genus Pinus, esp P. rigida, of North America, having red-brown bark and long lustrous light brown cones: valued as a source of turpentine and pitch
  2. the wood of any of these trees


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Word History and Origins

Origin of pitch pine1

An Americanism dating back to 1670–80

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Example Sentences

The walls and ceilings of the rooms were sheeted with pitch pine and varnished.

Then came the pitch-pine staves of a rice-cask; then a bedstead, a broken chair, a wooden flowerpot!

With these we returned to the camp; when, mixing the juice of the pitch-pine with the gum, he boiled it down in a small tripod.

Two large boats filled with birch bark and pitch pine were tied together and set on fire.

This roof was of pitch pine and oak, twenty-four inches thick, and covered with iron plates two inches thick.

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