pitch pine


Definition of pitch pine

1 : any of several pines that yield pitch especially : a 3-leaved pine (Pinus rigida) of eastern North America
2 : the wood of a pitch pine

Examples of pitch pine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rest chimed in then, proffering the ways and hows of oyster-eating—this, without any of us noting the sombre white man who had emerged from the thicket of pitch pine. David Wright Faladé, The New Yorker, "The Sand Banks, 1861," 24 Aug. 2020 Dollops of snow balance on the tops scraggly oaks and boughs of pitch pine. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A snowy climb to the top of Great Hill Mountain in East Hampton after the season’s first snowfall," 6 Dec. 2019 Much of the trail winds past huge white pines and pitch pine. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A corkscrew hike to the top of Candlewood Mountain in New Milford," 21 June 2019 Areas most at risk of southern pine beetle infestation are pitch pine barrens, which are scattered around the Northeast including Long Island and Albany in New York and Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Washington Post, "Pine-killing southern beetle may be more deadly in North," 10 June 2018 The southern pine beetle’s primary targets are pitch pines, red pines and jack pines. Washington Post, "Pine-killing southern beetle may be more deadly in North," 10 June 2018 The marshes, pitch pines and scrub oaks give an outer Cape Cod feel to the park. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Hikers, Are You Up To The Challenge Of These 14 Trails?," 15 May 2018 So too, at varying frequencies, do lodgepole pines in Montana and Idaho, black spruce in Minnesota, and pitch pines in New Jersey. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "What If Our Forests Don't Come Back?," 9 May 2018 Lauren Theis, a 33-year-old yoga instructor, will lead a group hike Saturday through a trail deep in the New Jersey Pinelands, past stands of Atlantic white cedar, oak and pitch pine — and maybe even a bald eagle nest. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "'Forest bathing' aims for a full body and spirit immersion in N.J. Pinelands," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pitch pine

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pitch pine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitch%20pine. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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