Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various evergreen trees of the genus Abies, having single flattened needles and erect cones with deciduous scales.
  • n. Any of several similar or related trees, such as the Douglas fir.
  • n. The wood of these trees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A conifer of the genus Abies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus (Abies) of coniferous trees, often of large size and elegant shape, some of them valued for their timber and others for their resin. The species are distinguished as the balsam fir, the silver fir, the red fir, etc. The Scotch fir is a Pinus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coniferous tree, properly of the genus Abies, in distinction from the spruce (Picea): a term also applied, more loosely, to trees of other genera, as Picea and Pinus. See Abies.
  • n. The she-balsam or Fraser fir, Abies Fraseri, of the more southern Appalachian Mountains.
  • n. Same as alpine fir.
  • n. Same as Shasta fir.
  • n. The Douglas spruce.
  • n. Same as Algerian fir.
  • n. Same as bristle-cone fir.
  • n. Same as grand fir.
  • n. Same as Fraser fir.
  • n. Same as white fir.
  • n. Same as Shasta fir.
  • n. Abies amabilis, distinguished as red silver fir.
  • n. Abies Pichta, sometimes called Siberian silver fir.
  • n. The king-pine, Abies Webbiana, often called Webb's silver fir. See king-pine, under pine.
  • n. Same as grand fir.
  • n. Same as lovely fir.
  • n. An abbreviation of firkin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various evergreen trees of the genus Abies; chiefly of upland areas
  • n. nonresinous wood of a fir tree

Etymologies

Middle English firre, probably of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English firre, from either Old Norse fýri (as in fýriskógr 'fir-wood') or Old English fyrh, furh (as in furhwudu 'pinewood'),[2] from Proto-Germanic *furhijōn (compare Low German Fuhr, German Föhre 'pine', Danish fyr), from Proto-Indo-European *pŕ̥kʷeh₂ (compare Italian (Trentino) porca 'fir'), from *pérkʷus 'oak' (compare Latin quercus 'oak', Albanian shpardh, shparr 'Italian oak', Punjabi pargāī 'holm oak'). Related to frith. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thomas vifcount Duplin; lord William Rofs; fir Hugh Dalrymple, prefident of the feflion - 9 Adam Cockburn of Ormiften, lord juftice clerk; fir Ro - bert Dundas of Armiftoun; 'Robert Stewart of Tillicultrie, lords of the feflion; Mr. Francis Montgomery, one of the commiflioners of the trea - fury; fir David Dalrymple, one of her majefty's folicitors • fir Alexander Ogilvy, receiver general; fir Patrick Johntton, provoft of Edinburgh 5 fir*

    A new history of Scotland, from the earliest accounts to the present time

  • John Clark for The Wall Street Journal A nylon rope, anchored to the top of a 500-year-old, 250-foot Douglas fir, is the only thing that keeps climbers from falling.

    Oregon Treeclimbing

  • Cheney for president ... what a great idea ... and Palin fir vp ...

    New group tries to convince Cheney to run in 2012

  • The bark of the Douglas fir is likewise rich in tannin.

    The Forest Wealth of Canada

  • Menzie's spruce will likewise replace white pine in the manufacture of doors and window sashes, and already Douglas fir is imported into Ontario and Quebec for structural purposes.

    The Forest Wealth of Canada

  • The Douglas fir is the staple species of the forests of British Columbia.

    The Forest Wealth of Canada

  • I don’t for the life of me know why they call fir a softwood.

    IRON LAKE

  • The swirling is called a fir "firenado," basically a tornado on the ground with the smoke and flames shooting up from inside of it.

    CNN Transcript Oct 24, 2007

  • Laura Bush will receive the 20-foot Frazier fir, which is being trucked in from Ashe County, North Carolina.

    CNN Transcript Nov 26, 2007

  • The fir is the sole tree which is decreed for ever to subsist.

    Hung Lou Meng

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