Definition of ground pine in English:

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ground pine

Pronunciation: /ɡround pīn/

noun

1A small, yellow-flowered Eurasian plant of the mint family that resembles a pine seedling in appearance and smell.
  • Ajuga chamaepitys, family Labiatae.
Example sentences
  • Following fencing, scrub clearance and introduction of sheep grazing a good chalk grassland flora is starting to re-establish including the rare ground pine which relies on sheep grazing to survive.
2A North American club moss with small, shiny leaves, resembling a miniature conifer and growing typically in coniferous woodland.
  • Genus Lycopodium, family Lycopodiaceae: several species, in particular L. obscurum and L. tristachyum.
Example sentences
  • The delicately branched woodland horsetail and two ground pines (fan club moss and running club moss) also grow here.
  • This order includes the recent genus Lycopodium (known commonly as club moss, ground pine, or ‘wolf foot,’), with some 200 living species.

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Syllabification: ground pine

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