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pine barren

a tract of sandy or peaty soil in which pine trees are the principal growth, as in low-lying areas near the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S.
Origin of pine barren
1725-35, Americanism

Pine Barrens

the, an extensive coastal region in S and SE New Jersey, composed chiefly of pine stands, sandy soils, and swampy streams. About 2000 sq. mi. (5180 sq. km).
Official name the Pinelands
[pahyn-luh ndz] /ˈpaɪn ləndz/ (Show IPA)
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There is this dry white sand which you see on the pine-barrens—miles upon miles of it.

    East Angels Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Years later I was to find this orchid growing by scores in the pine-barrens.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • The other evening I sat reading alone in my cabin in the heart of the pine-barrens before a roaring fire.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • I had traveled with the Botanist into the heart of the pine-barrens.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Three hundred Thimagoa and thirty Frenchmen took up their march through the pine-barrens.

  • The last time I had heard that note was in the pine-barrens three years before.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • The rest of the party now came up, and soon after, the visitors took leave; Winthrop rode back across the pine-barrens to Gracias.

    East Angels Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • It was a weary march, through swamps, mud, and pine-barrens.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • Then there are the sandy roads of the pine-barrens, of an agreeable consistency after rain, but very heavy in dry weather.

  • But Van was awfully pulled down by the time we reached the pine-barrens up near Deadwood.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King

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