sugar pine



a tall pine, Pinus lambertiana, of California, Oregon, etc., having cones 20 inches (51 cm) long.

Origin of sugar pine

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sugar pine

Historical Examples of sugar pine

  • He had a walking-stick made of the heart of sugar-pine; this he put at his side.

  • The prevailing tree was the California sugar-pine, so called because the Indians obtain a rude sugar from boiling down its sap.

    Across America

    James F. Rusling

  • It ranks second in size to the sugar-pine, but is a near rival in strength and nobleness of form.

    North America

    Israel C. Russell

  • At the end of it he found himself well elevated above the valley, and once more in the sugar-pine belt.

    The Rules of the Game

    Stewart Edward White

  • In the sugar-pine woods the most beautiful species is C. integerrimus, often called Californian lilac, or deer brush.

    The Yosemite

    John Muir

British Dictionary definitions for sugar pine

sugar pine


a pine tree, Pinus lambertiana, of California and Oregon, having spreading pendulous branches, light brown cones, and sugary resin
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