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white pine

noun
  1. a large, irregularly branched pine, Pinus strobus, of eastern North America, having gray bark and yielding a light-colored, soft, light wood of great commercial importance.
  2. the wood itself.
  3. any of various other similar species of pine.
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Origin of white pine

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85
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Examples from the Web for white pine

Historical Examples

  • It deposits its eggs in the vigorous shoots of the white-pine sapling.

    The Spell of the Rockies

    Enos A. Mills

  • But you just tell her about the whiskey with the white-pine chips in it.

    Dr. Breen's Practice

    William Dean Howells

  • In making this tattooing-ink the soot from fires of white-pine (kahikatea) wood was used.

  • An edge suitable for delicate work in white-pine would be immediately ruined if used upon lignum-vit.

    Woodworking for Beginners

    Charles Gardner Wheeler

  • The sand on the white-pine floor was swept in tongues, old-country fashion.


British Dictionary definitions for white pine

white pine

noun
  1. a North American coniferous tree, Pinus strobus, having blue-green needle-like leaves, hanging brown cones, and rough bark: family Pinaceae
  2. the light-coloured wood of this tree, much used commercially
  3. another name for kahikatea
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