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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Recent Examples on the Web Were this achievable, the existence of a bristlecone pine tree in California’s White Mountains, estimated to be an extraordinary 4,850 years old, suggests that such potential extensions to our longevity might be more than mere tweaks. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2021 Great Basin National Park, Nevada Forget the Las Vegas Strip, the real wonder of Nevada is the bristlecone pine, one of the oldest living things in the world. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, 15 Aug. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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,, 1 July 2018 The bristlecone pine’s distant relative, the limber pine is also a hearty survivalist, living 2,000 years. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2017 Forests of the diminutive bristlecone pines are found in eastern California, Nevada and Utah. Washington Post, 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 18 Jun. 2021.

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