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pine cone

the cone or strobile of a pine tree.
Origin of pine cone
1685-95 Unabridged
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  • Table salt will burn with an intense yellow that could mask any other color, so only put one salt per pine cone.
  • We found an item in one of our resources that told us a pine cone could help predict the weather.
  • Silhouetted against the mature white birch, the large bird reminded me of a giant, snow-tipped pine cone.
  • How does humidity effect whether a pine cone is open or closed.
  • Apply the mixture inside and around the pine cone and roll in bird seed.
  • Following the hike, a full day of bird feeder observations and pine cone feeder making for kids will take place.
British Dictionary definitions for pine cone

pine cone

the seed-producing structure of a pine tree See cone (sense 3a)
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Word Origin and History for pine cone

1690s, from pine (n.) + cone (n.). An earlier word for it was pine nut (Old English pinhnyte); also see pineapple.

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