shortleaf pine


short·​leaf pine ˈshȯrt-ˌlēf- How to pronounce shortleaf pine (audio)
: a pine (Pinus echinata) chiefly of the southeastern U.S. that has short flexible needles usually in clusters of two and reddish-brown bark
also : its yellow wood

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Many of those forests were cleared for development or replaced with faster-growing shortleaf pine species for timber farming operations. Dennis Pillion |, al, 25 Sep. 2020 Relax in thermal waters piped right from the hot springs, hike through rare shortleaf pine forests, or look out over the rolling Ouachita Mountains from the 216-foot-tall Hot Springs Mountain Tower. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2020 Of 86 species tracked in both inventories, including the shortleaf pine, black ash, sassafras and silver maples, 73 percent shifted westward, and 62 percent shifted northward. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, 18 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shortleaf pine was in 1796

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“Shortleaf pine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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