piñon

noun
pi·​ñon | \ ˈpin-ˌyōn How to pronounce piñon (audio) , -ˌyän, -yən; pin-ˈyōn \
variants: or
plural piñons or pinyons or piñones\ pin-​ˈyō-​nēz How to pronounce piñon (audio) \

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

Examples of piñon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to new safety advances, and new technology such as independent rear suspension, rack and pinon steering and larger brakes, the car features some universal parts that are single sourced. Greg Engle, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 There are open areas of prairie-like landscape, big hills covered with pinon and cedar trees and deep canyons. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, 23 Dec. 2020 New Mexico Glorieta Mesa: An effort to trim the density of pinon and juniper trees near Canoncito is drawing criticism from some residents. USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2020 Dine Nez was a shepherd on the high mesa of the reservation near Jones Ranch, where rolling hills of pinon, ponderosa, juniper and oak are divided by lush meadows and deep canyons. Betty Reid, azcentral, 29 Aug. 2019 These also qualify as tree nuts: almonds, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, chestnuts, beechnuts, hazelnuts, hickory nuts, pine nuts (pinon or pignoli) and gingko nuts. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2019 Earthy pinon incense wafting out of a charming, Altoid-tin-size pueblo dwelling. Bryan Fountain, Bon Appétit, 16 July 2019 Flames were devouring pinon-juniper forests and sagebrush steppe that is home to the imperiled sage grouse. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, 11 June 2017 See More

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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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Last Updated

12 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Piñon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pi%C3%B1on. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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