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wild pine, wild pineapple

[cf. Car, wild pine idem DSE; from their resemblance to the PINE or pine­apple plant] n. epiphytic plants of the genus Tillandsia: 1788 A parasitical plant (Tillandsia polystachya L.) called here "wild-pine" (Schoepf 284). 1878 The wild pineapple, or air plant, which lives in the branches of forest trees (Benjamin 26). 1910 Tillandsia balbisiana. ."wild pine" (Northrop 144). (Black)

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Last update: 2010-11-24 21:52
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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