Adjective "fir" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An evergreen coniferous tree with upright cones and flat needle-shaped leaves, typically arranged in two rows. Firs are an important source of timber and resins.
  1. 'At 2,100m is the Pilu Sacred Tree, a massive fir that is thousands of years old.'
  2. 'The woodland grant scheme was introduced in 1988 to encourage landowners to switch from planting commercial plantations of foreign firs, such as Sitka spruce, to a mix of native pine and broadleaf.'
  3. 'Since the 1860s the Norway spruce has been the traditional tree, but now firs, less prone to needle-drop, have become fashionable.'
  4. 'For spruces, firs and Douglas-fir, three or more years are usually needed to produce high quality planting stock.'
  5. 'It was a wilderness of cathedral-like redwoods, of ferns and huckleberries, oaks and stately firs, and a myriad of flowers and wildlife.'
  6. 'Conifers are seed plants; they include pines, firs, yew, redwood, and many other large trees.'
  7. 'They have also grown juniper shrubs and maple, fir and pine trees.'
  8. 'Nests are usually built in deciduous trees, such as aspen, alder, cottonwood, or willow, but they may also be in firs or other conifers.'
  9. 'Here and there, clumps of fir and birch trees rise out of the muddy wastes.'
  10. 'Vast tombs, embowered beneath the weeping willow and the fir tree, told of the antiquities of the Lloyd family, as well as of their wealth.'

More definitions

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.

More examples(as adjective)

"trees can be fir."


Late Middle English: probably from Old Norse fyri- (recorded in fyriskógr ‘fir wood’).