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jack pine

a scrubby pine, Pinus banksiana, growing on tracts of poor, rocky land in Canada and the northern U.S., bearing short needles and curved cones.
Also called gray pine.
Origin of jack pine
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The jack-pine knots, heavy with pitch, gave to the top of the stove a rosy glow.

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone James Oliver Curwood
  • From the midst of a clump of second growth jack-pine proceeded a glow of firelight.

  • In the dim light of dawn Bill picked his way up through the jack-pine flat.

    North of Fifty-Three Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Not a very inviting place, this shabby way station set in a wilderness of jack-pine and hackberry trees.

    In Jeopardy Van Tassel Sutphen
  • Tall, dark trees of spruce, fir, and jack-pine shouldered back from the margin and cast irregular silhouettes around the border.

    If Any Man Sin H. A. Cody
  • In Michigan it forms the "jack-pine plains" of the Lower Peninsula.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • He pointed out to her a squirrel sitting upon the branch of a jack-pine not far off.

    If Any Man Sin H. A. Cody
  • They sat on the bowlder for a few minutes, then scrambled downhill to the jack-pine flat, and built their evening fire.

    North of Fifty-Three Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Let me tell you one thing that I discovered the white oaks were doing in the sand of the jack-pine plains of Michigan.

    Seed Dispersal William J. Beal
British Dictionary definitions for jack-pine

jack pine

a coniferous tree, Pinus banksiana, of North America, having paired needle-like leaves and small cones that remain on the branches for many years: family Pinaceae
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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