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conifer

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noun co·ni·fer \ˈkä-nə-fər also ˈkō-\

Simple Definition of conifer

  • biology : a bush or tree (such as a pine) that produces cones and that usually has leaves that are green all year

Full Definition of conifer

  1. :  any of an order (Coniferales) of mostly evergreen trees and shrubs having usually needle-shaped or scalelike leaves and including forms (as pines) with true cones and others (as yews) with an arillate fruit

co·nif·er·ous play \kō-ˈni-f(ə-)rəs, kə-\ adjective

Origin of conifer

ultimately from Latin conifer cone-bearing, from conus cone + -fer


First Known Use: circa 1841



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