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a pine bearing edible seeds; a type of pine nut
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pinion – the outer part of a bird’s wing; a small toothed gear engaging with a larger one
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pi·ñonalso 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.]
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(Plants) a type of low-growing N American pine tree, esp Pinus edulis, that produces a small edible nut
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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]
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|Noun||1.||pinon - any of several low-growing pines of western North America|
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
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