Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • The term conifer means "cone bearing" and refers to the fruit of the tree.

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  • Originally classified as a conifer, scientists later argued that it was instead a lichen, various types of algae or a fungus.

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  • If a tree has cones on it, it's called a conifer and is probably an evergreen.

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  • We find a conifer which is almost pyramidal and just about the right height, and I set to work with my ax.

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  • It is an easy-going, fast-growing deciduous conifer, also known as a Dawn Redwood.

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  • The magnificent forests there were mixed conifer/hardwood woodlands of great beauty and big paper mills came in there in the 1950s and guaranteed my friends the landowners that there would be more board feet of timber on the then virgin forestlands at the end of their proposed 99 year lease for tree harvesting than at the commencement of the lease.

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  • First, the conifer takes root where no one else will go think cold, short growing seasons and rocky, nutrient-poor soil.

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  • Spruce is the only conifer on the "will usually not eat" list.

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  • He highlighted the need to keep up pressure on the separate programme of replanting in ancient woodlands damaged by conifer introduction in the 19th century, as at the internationally important site of special scientific interest, Grass Wood near Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales.

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  • Besides, it would have been so much easier to make a cross -- the main symbol of Christ -- and put it up on the old hut wall than to cut down a conifer and drag that into their dwelling.

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