noun, often attributive \ˈpīn\

: a tree that has long, thin needles instead of leaves and that stays green throughout the year

: the wood of a pine tree that is often used to make furniture

Full Definition of PINE

:  any of a genus (Pinus of the family Pinaceae, the pine family) of coniferous evergreen trees that have slender elongated needles and include some valuable timber trees and ornamentals
:  the straight-grained white or yellow usually durable and resinous wood of a pine varying from extreme softness in the white pine to hardness in the longleaf pine
:  any of various Australian coniferous trees (as of the genera Callitris or Araucaria)
:  pineapple
:  bench 1c
pin·ey also piny \ˈpī-nē\ adjective

Origin of PINE

Middle English, from Old English pīn, from Latin pinus; probably akin to Greek pitys pine
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil



: to become thin and weak because of sadness or loss


Full Definition of PINE

intransitive verb
:  to lose vigor, health, or flesh (as through grief) :  languish
:  to yearn intensely and persistently especially for something unattainable <they still pined for their lost wealth>

Origin of PINE

Middle English, from Old English pīnian to suffer, from *pīn punishment, from Latin poena — more at pain
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Cluster of pollen-bearing male cones of Austrian (black) pine (Pinus nigra).—Grant Heilman Photography

Any of 10 genera of coniferous trees (rarely shrubs) of the family Pinaceae (see conifer), native to northern temperate regions, especially about 90 species of ornamental and timber evergreen conifers of the genus Pinus. Needlelike leaves and cones are solitary or in bunches. Shallow root systems make pines susceptible to wind and surface disturbance. The family includes fir, Douglas fir, hemlock, spruce, larch, and cedar. Many species are sources of softwood timber, paper pulp, oils, and resins. Some are cultivated as ornamentals.


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