white pine


: a tall-growing pine (Pinus strobus) of eastern North America with long needles in clusters of five

called also eastern white pine

: any of several pines that resemble the white pine especially in having needles in bundles of five
: the wood of a white pine and especially of the eastern white pine

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At Christmastime, thick swags of white pine and arborvitae string along the entire length of the porch, with the occasional pair of galvanized bells tucked in for punctuation. Shaila Wunderlich, Country Living, 3 Jan. 2023 There was a white pine in a weeping formation; a pine with needles that were curly rather than straight. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2022 He’s done this by cutting away competitors, and planting other climate change-tolerant species such as white pine, to restore this land to the forest that would have existed prior to colonization. Moira Donovan, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Feb. 2022 The white pine cone and tassel is Maine's state flower. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2023 The greatest threat to whitebark pine trees in the American West is white pine blister rust, a nonnative fungal disease. Michael Kohn | The Bulletin, oregonlive, 15 Dec. 2022 Lush swags and wreaths of white pine go unadorned over the original oak mantel and period-appropriate double-hung six-over-six windows. Shaila Wunderlich, Country Living, 3 Jan. 2023 Fraser fir, white pine, any variety will do, just as long as they aren’t painted and all the tinsel and decorations have been removed. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 26 Dec. 2022 The white pine, pictured above, was the first tree to fully repopulate, and by 1952, forest cover had increased by 70 percent--and still continues to grow. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of white pine was in 1682

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“White pine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20pine. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

white pine

: a tall-growing pine of eastern North America with long needles in clusters of five
also : its wood

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