piñon

noun
pi·ñon | \ˈpin-ˌyōn, -ˌyän, -yən;pin-ˈyōn\
variants: or
plural piñons or pinyons or piñones\pin-ˈyō-nēz \

Definition of piñon 

: any of various small pines (such as Pinus quadrifolia, P. cembroides, P. edulis, and P. monophylla) of western North America with edible seeds also : the edible seed of a piñon

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Flames were devouring pinon-juniper forests and sagebrush steppe that is home to the imperiled sage grouse. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Lightning-sparked wildfires in northwest Colorado force shutdown of oil industry facilities," 11 June 2017

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First Known Use of piñon

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for piñon

American Spanish piñón, from Spanish, pine nut, from piña pine cone, from Latin pinea — more at pineal

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