bristlecone pine

noun
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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Examples of bristlecone pine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is a new threat to California’s Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to Methuselah, a 4,853-year-old bristlecone pine. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 No organism on Earth is known to live as long as the Great Basin bristlecone pine. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 14 July 2022 For thousands of years, bark beetles were held in check or eliminated by the harsh conditions where California’s mythic bristlecone pine trees evolved. Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2022 His research, which is not yet published, challenges the current record -- held by a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of central California, known as Methuselah. Kyla Guilfoil, ABC News, 29 June 2022 If the scientist, Jonathan Barichivich, is right, the cypress is the world’s oldest living individual tree—a title now held by a bristlecone pine growing in the White Mountains in central California, according to Guinness World Records. Aylin Woodward, WSJ, 28 June 2022 Scientists believe the oldest single living organism on Earth, clocking in at nearly 5,000 years old, is a bristlecone pine. Outside Online, 23 June 2022 The Sierra Nevada tree thought to be Earth’s oldest living organism — a 4,853-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine known as Methuselah — has competition. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 Scientists have discovered a new contender for the oldest tree in the world, potentially bumping California’s ancient bristlecone pine tree from the top spot. Felicia Alvarez, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bristlecone pine

1893, in the meaning defined above

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15 Aug 2022

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“Bristlecone pine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bristlecone%20pine. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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