jack pine


: a slender pine (Pinus banksiana) of northern North America that has two stout needles in each fascicle and wood used especially for pulpwood see cone illustration

Examples of jack pine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Huron forest is susceptible to seasonal forest fires, and home to jack pine trees, which are home to certain Kirtland’s warbler and which drop needles that are extremely flammable. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 2 July 2024 In the afternoon, after weeks of sunshine, severe thunderstorms suddenly rolled over the forest’s vast tracts of black and white spruce, subalpine fir, jack pine, and aspens. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2023 Budworm caterpillars come from reddish-brown moths which lay masses of green eggs in the branches of jack pines. Detroit Free Press, 16 July 2023 What can be done to prevent further damage to jack pines? Detroit Free Press, 16 July 2023 The seedlings include red pine, white pine, jack pine and oak as well as maple, balsam fir and spruce. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 July 2021 The jack pine is the second most common species of pine in Minnesota, behind the red pine. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 After the glaciers that covered New England retreated, around fourteen thousand years ago, the forests here consisted mostly of spruce and jack pine, species that now thrive much farther north. Drew Pendergrass, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2020 The land, wedged between two farm towns and covered in palmetto and jack pines, did not, at first, look promising. 1843, 2 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jack pine was in 1863

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“Jack pine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jack%20pine. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

jack pine

: a North American pine with twisted needles in bundles of two and wood used especially to make pulp for paper

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