bristlecone pine

bris·​tle·​cone pine | \ ˈbri-səl-ˌkōn- How to pronounce bristlecone pine (audio) \

Definition of bristlecone pine

: either of two pines (Pinus longaeva and P. aristata) of the western U.S. that include the oldest living trees

called also bristlecone

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Groves of hardy bristlecone pines — the world’s longest-living tree — flourish above 9,000 feet, while caves riddle the underground. David Swanson,, "National parks where you can find solitude in summer," 1 July 2018 The bristlecone pine’s distant relative, the limber pine is also a hearty survivalist, living 2,000 years. Washington Post, "Scientists: Future of oldest tree species on Earth in peril," 13 Sep. 2017 Forests of the diminutive bristlecone pines are found in eastern California, Nevada and Utah. Washington Post, "Scientists: Future of oldest tree species on Earth in peril," 13 Sep. 2017

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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