pinyon

noun

pin·​yon

variant spelling 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 pinyon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since 2005, more than 200,000 acres have burned in and around the Mojave National Preserve; fires have destroyed lush pinyon pine and juniper woodlands, desert tortoise habitat and ancient petroglyphs. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 The loss of pinyon trees in particular has far-reaching ecological consequences. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, 10 Mar. 2023 The extent of the plants and animals at risk in the York fire are still under investigation, Willoughby said, noting that the blaze has already burned through Joshua tree, juniper and pinyon pine groves. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2023 Grand Canyon National Park - Arizona Birds of Grand Canyon National Park: Peregrine falcon, California condor, Common raven, Steller’s pinyon, Red-tailed hawk, Scrub jay and Canyon wren. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 29 July 2023 Although pinyon pine and juniper trees dot the San Juan Basin, those species tend to sprout chaotically, often with multiple stems and twisting branches. Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Apr. 2023 One of the two signature gins features lavender — the star crop of the farm and a key ingredient in Los Poblanos soaps and lotions — while the other, called Western Dry, is made from botanicals of the Rio Grande Valley such as pinyon, rose and chamomile. Gisela Williams Enrique Giner De Los Ríos M.h. Miller Ryan Haase Ruby Sutton Jameson Montgomery, New York Times, 19 Apr. 2023 Birds there are critical in dispersing seeds of the Colorado pinyon pine. Wudan Yan, Popular Mechanics, 5 Jan. 2023 Woodhouse’s scrub-jay and the pinyon — and large flocks of chatty, yellow-streaked pine siskins. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2022

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“Pinyon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pinyon. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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pinyon

variant of piñon

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