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also pin·yon  (pĭn′yōn′, -yən)
n. pl. pi·ñons or pi·ño·nes (pĭn-yō′nēz) also pin·yons
1. Any of several pine trees of northern Mexico and the southwest United States that bear edible, nutlike seeds, especially Pinus edulis. Also called piñon pine.
2. An edible seed of any of these trees.

[Spanish piñón, pine nut, pine cone, augmentative of piña, from Latin pīnea, from feminine of pīneus, of pine, from pīnus, pine tree; see peiə- in Indo-European roots.]




(Plants) a type of low-growing N American pine tree, esp Pinus edulis, that produces a small edible nut


or pin•yon

(ˈpɪn yən, ˈpin yoʊn, pinˈyoʊn)

n., pl. pi•ñons, pi•ño•nes (piˈnyɔ nɛs) , or pin•yons.
1. any of several pines of SW North America, as Pinus monophylla or P. edulis, bearing edible nutlike seeds.
2. Also called pi′ñon nut`. the seed.
[1825–35, Amer.; < Sp piñón, derivative of piña pine cone]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pinon - any of several low-growing pines of western North Americapinon - any of several low-growing pines of western North America
genus Pinus, Pinus - type genus of the Pinaceae: large genus of true pines
pine, pine tree, true pine - a coniferous tree
nut pine - any of several pinons bearing edible nutlike seeds
bishop pine, bishop's pine, Pinus muricata - two-needled or three-needled pinon mostly of northwestern California coast
California single-leaf pinyon, Pinus californiarum - very small tree similar to Rocky mountain pinon but having a single needle per fascicle; similar to Parry's pinyon in range
Parry's pinyon, Pinus parryana, Pinus quadrifolia - five-needled pinon of southern California and northern Baja California having (sometimes three-needled or four-needled showing hybridization from Pinus californiarum)
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5% whereas pinyons were absent in the transects at CF.
Additionally, the proportion of small pinyons on north-facing aspects was on average four times greater than the proportion of small junipers, suggesting that small pinyons may experience higher survival, recruitment, or both on north-facing aspects while junipers perform equally well on north- or south-facing aspects.
We focused on arroyos or scarcely populated stands of pinyons and junipers, places where these wild creatures may have taken refuge from the wind.
Planes and jets may tear across the sky, and ATVs scour the nearby hills and plateaus, but moments of silence in the canyon provide a connection to its ecology beyond what can be merely seen in the rocks, pinyons, junipers and sky.
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The pinyons of the Southwest (singleleaf, two-leaf, Parry, border, Mexican, and papershell) have wingless, heavy seeds full of fat and protein, which are eaten by western scrub, Steller's, and pinyon jays, and a related bird called Clark's nutcracker.
I dropped my pack, grabbed my shooting sticks and hustled out the ridge, the movement screened by junipers and pinyons.
1997), and pinyons growing in this environment experienced chronic, severe herbivory by two insect species that resulted in substantial foliage loss and an altered tree architecture (Whitham and Mopper 1985, Cobb and Whitham 1998).
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The distribution of Mexican pinyons includes Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas in the USA, and northern and central Mexico.
The drought and consequent die-off of pinyons was documented by researchers on the ground and even from space, as satellite photographs recorded the transition of vast landscapes from green to brown.