One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Eurasian pine tree which is extensively planted for its timber (deal) and other products. It is the dominant tree of the old Caledonian pine forest of the Scottish Highlands.
Pinus sylvestris, family Pinaceae
- ‘The nursery grows mainly white spruce, black spruce, Norway spruce, jack pine, red pine, eastern white pine, Scots pine and smaller amounts of various other species.’
- ‘These magnificent trees once coved the uplands of Lebanon, just as Scots pines once covered the Scottish Highlands.’
- ‘We emerged from the woods at Caydale Mill, an idyllic spot with the beck, springs, handsome Scots pines, and a ford.’
- ‘For example, in the province of Norrbotten there were twenty times as many old Scots pines and Norway spruces as there are today.’
- ‘Trees, especially Scots pines, were frequently used to mark boundaries at a range of socio-political levels (estates, parishes and even national borders), and to mark paths and trails.’
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