Definition of conifer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnɪfə/
Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊnɪfə/


A tree which bears cones and needle-like or scale-like leaves that are typically evergreen. Conifers are of major importance as the source of softwood, and also supply resins and turpentine.
  • Order Coniferales, class Coniferopsida, subdivision Gymnospermae: several families, including the pines and firs (Pinaceae) and the cypresses (Cupressaceae).
Example sentences
  • Evergreen trees, including many conifers, support more leaf area than deciduous trees in the same environment.
  • They do not need a wall and are happy to scramble over heathers, conifers, trees or hedges.
  • Gymnosperms, including conifers, gingkoes, and cycads, were very numerous, as were ferns and horsetails.



Pronunciation: /kəˈnɪfərəs/
Example sentences
  • Those structures that incorporated white oak were also the only residences that incorporated coniferous woods, red cedar, and bald cypress.
  • In Washington, they are generally found in mature Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, or mixed coniferous forests with a thick understory.
  • Mountain Chickadees are typically found in dry coniferous forests, especially Ponderosa and lodgepole pines.


Mid 19th century: from Latin, literally 'cone-bearing', from conus (see cone).

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