from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various mostly needle-leaved or scale-leaved, chiefly evergreen, cone-bearing gymnospermous trees or shrubs such as pines, spruces, and firs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plant belonging to the conifers; a cone-bearing seed plant with vascular tissue, usually a tree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tree or shrub bearing cones; one of the order Coniferae, which includes the pine, cypress, and (according to some) the yew.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a plant producing cones; one of the Coniferæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any gymnospermous tree or shrub bearing cones
From New Latin Cōniferae, family name, from Latin, feminine pl. of cōnifer, cone-bearing : cōnus, cone (from Greek kōnos; see kō- in Indo-European roots) + -fer, -fer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin conifer (bearing cones), compound of conus (cone) and ferre (to bear) (Wiktionary)