One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The conical or rounded woody fruit of a pine tree, with scales which open to release the seeds.
- ‘The fruit's name comes from the resemblance to pine cones that European explorers noticed, along with the slight apple flavor the early fruits had.’
- ‘Garcia's opening drive finished against a pine cone and close to a tree, but more importantly behind a sponsor's sign.’
- ‘You can still see the grass and the leaves and the twigs and the pine cones and the bark and so forth.’
- ‘I sat up just high enough so I could throw the pine cone.’
- ‘It didn't even bother me when a pine cone hit me on the head.’
- ‘At low elevations, charred trunks today stand sentinel on steep slopes where fire burned very hot, consuming every needle and pine cone.’
- ‘Judging from the number of bones, pine cones, leaves, and droppings, rodents had used it as a nesting place for a long time.’
- ‘The characteristic bitterness comes from the hops, a perennial plant with flowers that actually look like pine cones.’
- ‘He picked up a pine cone and tossed it down the street.’
- ‘Bits of wood, leaves, pine cones, stones and the odd lump of twisted metal rained down onto the clearing.’
- ‘The blue roof top was covered in leaves and pine cones from the trees surrounding the place.’
- ‘Flower petals close up, and pine cones begin to lock, preparing themselves for the coming rains.’
- ‘I bit into the apple, resettling more comfortably, pulling a pine cone out from behind my back and tossing it a few feet away.’
- ‘Take him to the park and put pine cones and leaves in his hands.’
- ‘In Greek legend the evergreen pine tree is sacred to the goat god Dionysus, and the pine cone, a phallic symbol of eternity, immortality and rebirth.’
- ‘He threw a pine cone at a squirrel, who ran away skittishly up a tree.’
- ‘Wire pine cones onto wreaths and evergreen separately or in clusters.’
- ‘The would pick up a piece of wood, a pine cone, or a twig, and hit it around in the air between them with their hands, trying to see just how long they could keep it from falling.’
- ‘Pineapples and pine cones have rows of diamond-shaped scales, which spiral around both clockwise and counterclockwise.’
- ‘Fibonacci numbers come up surprisingly often in nature, from the number of petals in various flowers to the number of scales along a spiral row in a pine cone.’
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