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fir

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Pronunciation: /fəː
 
/

Definition of fir in English:

noun

(also fir tree) An evergreen coniferous tree with upright cones and flat needle-shaped leaves, typically arranged in two rows. Firs are an important source of timber and resins. Compare with pine1 (sense 1).
  • Genus Abies, family Pinaceae: many species
Example sentences
  • If you were stranded in the woods during a storm, you would be a bit safer standing under a tree with large flat leaves like oak, than you would under a fir or pine tree.
  • Conifers are seed plants; they include pines, firs, yew, redwood, and many other large trees.
  • They have also grown juniper shrubs and maple, fir and pine trees.

Origin

late Middle English: probably from Old Norse fyri- (recorded in fyriskógr 'fir wood').

Derivatives

firry

1
adjective

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