Definition of pinus:
- A large genus of evergreen coniferous trees, mostly found in the northern hemisphere. The genus formerly included the firs, spruces, larches, and hemlocks, but is now limited to those trees which have the primary leaves of the branchlets reduced to mere scales, and the secondary ones ( pine needles) acicular, and usually in fascicles of two to seven. See Pine.
The Puritans of New England are mostly dead; the last of their spiritual descendants, we may fear, will soon be dead likewise; but as long as Pinus rigida covers the sandy knolls of Massachusetts, the sturdy, uncompromising, independent, economical, indefatigable, all- enduring spirit of Puritanism will be worthily represented in this its sometime thriving- place.- "A Rambler's lease", Bradford Torrey.
I am inclined to the belief that in these giant pines we had a variety of Pinus strobus which was very closely allied to our smaller trees, but which was not the same, just as the Sequoia gigantea of the higher Sierras is a gigantic variety of redwood, closely allied to but not the same as the Sequoia sempervirens, which flourishes nearer the coast and in the lower levels.- "Old Plymouth Trails", Winthrop Packard.
- "Seasoning of Wood", Joseph B. Wagner.