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 piñones (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 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, "Loveland valentines, crime scene towels, corn trail: News from around our 50 states," 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, "To Chester Nez, last of the original Code Talkers, the words are more than a code," 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, "My child's in a nut-free class. Now what? A back-to-school guide on safe snacks," 16 Aug. 2019 Earthy pinon incense wafting out of a charming, Altoid-tin-size pueblo dwelling. Bryan Fountain, Bon Appétit, "This Little Incense Burner Makes My Kitchen Smell Better and My Heart Fuller," 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, "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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12 Jan 2020

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“Piñon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pi%C3%B1on. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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