spruce pine



a tall coniferous tree, Pinus glabra, of the southeastern U.S., having smooth, gray bark and needles in bundles of two.
any of several other pines, as P. elliottii or P. virginiana.

Nearby words

  1. spruce beer,
  2. spruce beetle,
  3. spruce budworm,
  4. spruce gall aphid,
  5. spruce grouse,
  6. spruce sawfly,
  7. spruce up,
  8. spruce-up,
  9. sprucely,
  10. sprucy

Origin of spruce pine

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85

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Examples from the Web for spruce pine

  • Beneath Eagle Crown the four-room cabin reposed in a shelter of spruce-pine, hemlock and cedar.

    The Red Debt|Everett MacDonald
  • Close beside our camping-place a large clump of spruce-pine stood in dull contrast to the snowy surface.

    The Great Lone Land|W. F. Butler

British Dictionary definitions for spruce pine

spruce pine


a large pine tree, Pinus glabra, of the southeastern US
any of several similar plants, such as certain pines, hemlocks, and spruces
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