bristle cone pine

bristlecone pine

noun
a pine, Pinus aristata, of the southwestern U.S., bearing short needles crowded into long, thick bundles and cones having scales tipped with a slender, curved spine.
Also called hickory pine.


Origin:
1890–95, Americanism; bristle + cone

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bristlecone pine (ˈbrɪsəlˌkəʊn)
 
n
a coniferous tree, Pinus aristata, of the western US, bearing cones with bristle-like prickles: one of the longest-lived trees, useful in radiocarbon dating

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