Douglas fir


Doug·​las fir ˈdə-gləs- How to pronounce Douglas fir (audio)
: any of a genus (Pseudotsuga) of tall evergreen timber trees of the pine family having thick bark, pitchy wood, and pendulous cones
especially : one (P. menziesii synonym P. taxifolia) chiefly of the western U.S. see cone illustration

Examples of Douglas fir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the kitchen, the couple even went as far as to preserve the home’s original Douglas fir floors. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 7 May 2024 Inside, two bedrooms and one bath can be found in just under 1,000 square feet of single-level living space accented with Douglas fir floors, knotty pine paneling and vaulted wood-beam ceilings. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 And that smooth, vertical-grain Douglas fir on the ceiling is another one of the room’s striking features. Dusty Parnell, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 The Dixie fire, which burned nearly 1 million acres and destroyed more than 1,300 homes, ignited July 13, 2021, after a Douglas fir tree fell and struck energized conductors owned and operated by PG&E. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 The water was full of surfers in wet suits; colossal Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, and cedar trees lined the shore. Jen Murphy, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2024 Walnut Canyon is packed top to bottom with life zones and microhabitats highlighting cactus and agave growing just footsteps from Douglas fir and ponderosa pine. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 4 Jan. 2024 The risk of failure Case’s project involves testing whether breeds of native Douglas fir and western hemlock from drier parts of the Pacific Northwest can be used to help western Washington forests adapt to climate change. Nathan Gilles, Fortune, 28 Dec. 2023 Banks revealed that the most popular trees are the Douglas fir and the blue spruce. Eric Noll, ABC News, 7 Dec. 2023

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Word History


David Douglas †1834 Scottish botanist

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Douglas fir was in 1835

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“Douglas fir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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Douglas fir

Doug·​las fir ˌdəg-ləs- How to pronounce Douglas fir (audio)
: a tall evergreen cone-bearing timber tree of the western U.S.

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