scrub pine


: a pine of dwarf, straggly, or scrubby growth usually by reason of environmental conditions
specifically : a pine tree unsuitable for lumber by reason of inferior or defective growth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One of Mashpee’s largest is Santuit Pond, roughly 170 acres of water surrounded by houses set on hills dotted with beech and scrub pine. Christopher Flavelle Sophie Park, New York Times, 1 Jan. 2023 There are islands of normal ground among the deep dunes, where scrub pine trees and other vegetation have held the soil in place, showing just how much dirt and rock has been eaten away at the site. Dennis Pillion |, al, 9 Dec. 2021 Tom Mix and Harry Houdini once lived there among the quail and scrub pine and coyotes. Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scrub pine was in 1791

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“Scrub pine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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