Definition of ponderosa in English:

ponderosa

(also ponderosa pine)

Pronunciation /ˌpändəˈrōsə/ /ˌpɑndəˈroʊsə/

Translate ponderosa into Spanish

noun

  • A tall slender pine tree, the most widespread conifer of western North America, planted for timber and as an ornamental.

    Pinus ponderosa, family Pinaceae

    ‘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.’
    • ‘In California, 94,000 Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, and sugar pine will be planted an 350 acres of Tahoe National Forest near Nevada City.’
    • ‘The Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, and sugar pine planted in this area will help regenerate an ecosystem inhabited by wildlife, including bald eagles.’
    • ‘Approximately one-third of the tract is timbered with ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, and Douglas fir; the rest is Camas prairie.’
    • ‘The distribution of tree species will change, and fire-resistant ponderosas will likely survive where Douglas firs and white pines may not.’
    • ‘Among them were species like ponderosa and lodgepole pine, trees that proved so commercially valuable they contributed significantly to the building of the country.’
    • ‘The east side is dry ponderosa and lodgepole pine country.’
    • ‘The skyline is dotted with mountain ranges on whose slopes are dense forests of aspen, fir, spruce and ponderosas.’
    • ‘But he was unhappy about planting only Douglas-fir or ponderosa pine on a site, replacing the natural mixed species with a monoculture.’
    • ‘There were hardwoods and ponderosas, as well as a dozen varieties of cactus, but no grasses or wildflowers.’
    • ‘At first all we saw were woods dominated by ponderosa and sugar pines.’
    • ‘He predicts 30 to 40 percent of the ponderosas and 80 percent of the piñons will fall victim to insects by next summer.’
    • ‘When we're talking about disastrous forest fires in the West, usually we're talking about low-lying, dry forests of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir.’
    • ‘The northern Idaho ground squirrel lives in dry, rocky meadows surrounded by forests of ponderosa pine or Douglas fir.’
    • ‘The eagles tend to roost in huge ponderosas in northeast-facing canyons among the hills that dot Wyoming's mile-high prairies.’
    • ‘But ponderosas aren't the only trees in the western woods, and different forests require different solutions.’
    • ‘When a ponderosa pine on the hillside drops its needles every fall, Keskimaki leaves them in place as a winter mulch to protect plants from extreme cold, then removes them in the spring.’
    • ‘The majestic ponderosa pine occupies the transition zone between mountain valleys and the cooler, damper spruce/fir zone.’

Origin

Late 19th century feminine of Latin ponderosus ‘massive’, used as a specific epithet in Pinus ponderosa.