fir








noun

  1. any coniferous tree belonging to the genus Abies, of the pine family, characterized by its pyramidal style of growth, flat needles, and erect cones.
  2. the wood of such a tree.

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noun

  1. any pyramidal coniferous tree of the N temperate genus Abies, having single needle-like leaves and erect cones: family PinaceaeSee also red fir, silver fir, balsam fir
  2. any of various other trees of the family Pinaceae, such as the Douglas fir
  3. the wood of any of these trees
n.

14c.; Old English had furhwudu “pine wood,” but the modern word is more likely from Old Norse fyri- “fir” or Old Danish fyr, all from Proto-Germanic *furkhon (cf. Old High German foraha, German Föhre “fir”), from PIE root *perkos, originally “oak” (cf. Sanskrit paraktah “the holy fig tree,” Hindi pargai “the evergreen oak,” Latin quercus “oak,” Lombardic fereha “a kind of oak”).

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