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

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Recent Examples on the Web This inexpensive kit is gentle with beginners, though, with four types of trees (including Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine and flame tree) and multiple seeds per species. Popular Science, "Indoor garden kits for any space," 19 June 2020 The park spans more than 120,500 square miles and is known for its ancient bristlecone pine grove and the Lehman caves. USA TODAY, "Bagpipe-blowing fire chief, Bruce Springsteen-Jon Bon Jovi benefit, chickens go to waste: News from around our 50 states," 15 Apr. 2020 That honor goes to a bristlecone pine found in the White Mountains of California, which is approximately 5,000 years old. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Some trees can live for more than 1,000 years and scientists may have figured out why," 14 Jan. 2020 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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First Known Use of bristlecone pine

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Bristlecone pine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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