American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. Among the true firs are the silver firs, Abies pectinata of Europe and A. Numidica of the Atlas mountains; the balsam-fir or balm-of-Gilead fir of the Alleghanies, A. balsamea; the balsam-fir or white fir of the Rocky Mountains, A. concolor; the red firs of the Pacific coast, A. nobilis and A. magnifica; the white fir of the same region, A. grandis; and the sacred fir of Mexico, A. religiosa. Of other genera are the Scotch fir, Pinus sylvestris, and the spruce-fir or Norway spruce. Picea excelsa; the red, yellow, or Douglas fir of western America, Pseudotsuga Douglasii; the parasol-fir of Japan, Sciadopitys verticillata; and the plum-fir of Chili, Podocarpus Andina. The gnetaceous genera Ephedra and Gnetum are known as joint-firs.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) 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 firis a Pinus.
- n. any of various evergreen trees of the genus Abies; chiefly of upland areas
- n. nonresinous wood of a fir tree
- Middle English firre, from either Old Norse fýri (as in fýriskógr 'fir-wood') or Old English fyrh, furh (as in furhwudu 'pinewood'), 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)
- Middle English firre, probably of Scandinavian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The Douglas fir is the staple species of the forests of British Columbia.”
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“The fir is the sole tree which is decreed for ever to subsist.”
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