Definition of bristlecone pine in US English:

bristlecone pine


  • A very long-lived shrubby pine of western North America. It has been used in dendrochronology to correct radiocarbon dating.

    Pinus longaeva, family Pinaceae

    • ‘Some bristlecone pine trees on Pikes Peak could be more than 2,000 years old.’
    • ‘Redwoods can live 10 times that long, and bristlecone pines can be more than 4,500 years old.’
    • ‘And some bristlecone pines are arguably the oldest living organisms on earth.’
    • ‘I know I have been unable to get a bristlecone pine to grow in Blacksburg, Virginia!’
    • ‘The shape of the roof and overhangs mirrors the shape of the bristlecone pine trees in the area.’
    • ‘Just like bristlecone pines, grapes are threatened by a pathogen, in this case Xylella fastidiosa.’


bristlecone pine

/ˌbrisəlkōn ˈpīn//ˌbrɪsəlkoʊn ˈpaɪn/