• WordNet 3.6
    • n Picea a genus of temperate and Arctic evergreen trees (see spruce)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Picea (Bot) A genus of coniferous trees of the northen hemisphere, including the Norway spruce and the American black and white spruces. These trees have pendent cones, which do not readily fall to pieces, in this and other respects differing from the firs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n picea A genus of coniferous trees, of the tribe Abietineæ, including the spruce. It is characterized by the evergreen four-sided leaves jointed to the persistent petiole-base, staminate flowers solitary in the axils of the upper leaves, and reflexed cones with persistent scales, hanging near the end of the branches. Great confusion regarding the spruce and fir existed among the Greeks and Romans, and later among moderns; many authors (following Don, 1838) long wrote Picea for the fir, Abies for the spruce; Asa Gray and others (following Jussieu, 1789) united both under Abies; present usage adopts (since Bentham and Hooker, 1880) Picea for the spruce, Abies for the fir. Picea includes about 12 species, natives of north temperate and arctic regions. They bear long and narrow spirally scattered leaves spreading in all directions, and long cones with double thin-margined scales each with two winged seeds. See spruce and king-pine, and compare fir and pitch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Picea pī′sē-a a genus of coniferous trees, including the spruce.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., the pitch pine, from pix, picis, pitch


In literature:

Hic et Naptha gignitur specie picea.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
According to Bochart, it arose from the confusion of the meaning of the Phoenician word 'picea,' which signified a 'diviner.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
This condition appears in other genera, such as Larix and Picea, but without obvious significance.
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw
"The Forests of Mount Rainier National Park" by Grenville F. Allen
Picea orientalis argenteo-spica, young shoots pale yellow.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
The genus picea comprises eighteen species, seven of which belong to American forests.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
Mentem quam niveam piceae cutis umbra fovebit?
"The Complete Works of Richard Crashaw, Volume II (of 2)" by Richard Crashaw

In poetry:

Dixit, et in piceas Fluvius sese abdidit undas;
Sed me ridiculam solventem a littore cymbam
Nectaris ambrosii circumvolvuntur odores,
Decedente Deo; naresque impellit acutas
Confusi canis amnis et illaetabilis aura.
"In Camum" by E W Bowling

In news:

0A narrow pyramidal conifer, the Serbian spruce ( Picea omorika ) is one of the most attractive and adaptable evergreen trees.