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ground pine

any of several species of club moss, especially Lycopodium obscurum or L. complanatum.
a European herb, Ajuga chamaepitys, of the mint family, having a resinous odor.
Origin of ground pine
1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If you are hanging your room with ground-pine, he lays hold of every stray twig, and tucks it into every crack he can reach.

  • They cut masses of laurel, and ground-pine, and strung them on twine.

    The Witness Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  • There were three different species of ground-pine in these woods, and hepatica and pyrola and wintergreen, and thickets of laurel.

    Mercy Philbrick's Choice Helen Hunt Jackson
  • She decked the pictures with ground-pine, and, in the act of preparing the dishes for supper that Gaston liked best, he found her.

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
  • It gives us a far higher opinion of the ground-pine; does it disgrace the rose?

  • Deep in the shadowy woods, often where pine-trees are growing, you will find the ground-pine.

  • Last summer at camp we used the ground-pine in this way and the little girls, arrayed for a dance, never looked prettier.

  • For table decorations at camp and for decorating the tent doorways the ground-pine is charming.

  • Here and there along the road were sprigs of evergreen and ground-pine and hemlock.

British Dictionary definitions for ground-pine

ground pine

a hairy plant, Ajuga chamaepitys, of Europe and N Africa, having two-lipped yellow flowers marked with red spots: family Lamiaceae (labiates). It smells of pine when crushed See also bugle2
any of certain North American club mosses, esp Lycopodium obscurum
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