One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tall Tasmanian conifer that has yewlike berries and fragrant red timber.
Dacrydium franklinii, family Podocarpaceae
- ‘Rich hardwoods of myrtle, blackwood, sassafras and Huon pine mingle with common eucalypts.’
- ‘Accessible only by boat, the forest was silent till we reached Heritage Landing, where a boardwalk took us through the rainforest to the site of a 2,000-year-old Huon pine that crashed to the ground in 1997.’
Early 19th century: from Huon, the name of a river in the south of Tasmania.
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