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type of pine in western U.S., 1878, from scientific name Pinus ponderosa (1836), literally "heavy pine," from Latin ponderosus (see ponderous).

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Examples from the Web for ponderosa

Historical Examples

  • The expressions "ponderosa" and "magis sulcatum" were not in the original.

    The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 4


  • He reports nests in such conifers as spruce, balsam, and ponderosa pine, and in aspen and oak.

  • Such a growth may be seen on any species (ponderosa, albicaulis, resinosa, etc.) that can survive exposure and poor nourishment.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

  • It is this variety of ponderosa that climbs storm-swept ridges alone, and wanders out among the volcanoes of the Great Basin.

    The Yosemite

    John Muir

  • It is in a transitional zone where Ponderosa pine and junipers, pinon and scrub oak meet.

    The Pinos Altos Story

    Dorothy Watson