Definition of ponderosa in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpändəˈrōsə/
(also ponderosa pine)


A tall slender pine tree, the most widespread conifer of western North America, planted for timber and as an ornamental.
  • Pinus ponderosa, family Pinaceae.
Example sentences
  • A single seed was used for species with larger seeds (western white pine, ponderosa pine, loblolly pine, and Pacific silver fir).
  • In ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, and Sitka spruce, dimpling sometimes occurs as numerous small, conical indentations of the plane of the growth ring.
  • Eventually, dwarf mistletoe plants steal enough water, minerals, and nutrients to kill the ponderosa and lodgepole pines, Douglas-firs, western larches, and western hemlocks they attack.


Late 19th century: feminine of Latin ponderosus 'massive, ponderous', used as a specific epithet in Pinus ponderosa.

Words that rhyme with ponderosa

composer, discloser, dozer, exposer, Mendoza, mimosa, opposer, poser, proposer, proser, Rosa, Somoza, Spinoza

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Syllabification: pon·der·o·sa

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