piñon

noun pi·ñon \ ˈpin-ˌyōn , -ˌyän , -yən ; pin-ˈyōn \
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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of piñon

plural piñons or pinyons or piñones play \pin-ˈyō-nēz\
: 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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Origin and Etymology of piñon

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


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