co·​ni·​fer | \ ˈkä-nə-fər also ˈkō- How to pronounce conifer (audio) \

Definition of conifer

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

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coniferous \ kō-​ˈni-​f(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce coniferous (audio) , kə-​ \ adjective

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Any of an order of trees and shrubs, conifers usually have usually needle-shaped or scale-like leaves. Conifers include forms (such as pines) with true cones and others (such as yews) that bear a fruit. There are more than 550 species of conifers, and most are evergreen trees and shrubs. They grow throughout the world (except in Antarctica) and prefer temperate climate zones. They include the world's smallest and tallest trees. Conifers supply softwood timber used for general construction, boxes and crates, and other articles, as well as pulpwood for paper. The wood is also used as fuel and in the manufacture of cellulose products, plywood, and veneers. The trees are the source of resins, oils, turpentine, tars, and pharmaceuticals.

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Large conifer trees cast shade, acidify the soil and spread incredibly dense root systems across the landscape. Colin Mccrate, The Seattle Times, "Our native evergreen huckleberry brings dynamic color and oodles of fruit to your edible shade garden," 20 Feb. 2019 Interestingly, conifers aren’t native to Egypt, so that material would have had to be imported, most likely from the nearest source in modern-day Israel. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient Egyptians had been making mummies longer than anyone thought," 16 Aug. 2018 As a result, the success of conifers and edibles is typically an inversely proportional relationship. Colin Mccrate, The Seattle Times, "Our native evergreen huckleberry brings dynamic color and oodles of fruit to your edible shade garden," 20 Feb. 2019 There, hundreds of bigleafs in various states of illness stand along the waters and among healthy conifers. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "Some of Washington’s biggest trees are dying and scientists don’t know why," 10 Sep. 2018 In 1995, when Trader first came to the monument as an intern, Bandelier was forested with great stands of ponderosa pines and other conifers that had stood for millennia. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "What If Our Forests Don't Come Back?," 9 May 2018 The best and biggest bacalaitos can be found in Piñones, a coastal town where unspoiled beaches and mangroves line one side of Road 187 and a conifer forest lines the other side. Illyanna Maisonet,, "Bacalaitos as familial memory and penance," 5 July 2018 Learn how to identify conifers found in the Pacific Northwest by family and genus. Corey Sheldon,, "HG calendar June 2-10: usher in June with activities in the garden," 1 June 2018 There were pianos in the rhododendrons, pianos in the conifers and pianos in the redwoods. Steve Rubenstein,, "SF’s Flower Piano: Harmonies among the hydrangeas," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of conifer

circa 1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conifer

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

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English Language Learners 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


co·​ni·​fer | \ ˈkä-nə-fər How to pronounce conifer (audio) , ˈkō-\

Kids Definition of conifer

: any of a group of mostly evergreen trees and shrubs (as pines) that typically produce cones and have leaves resembling needles or scales in shape

Other Words from conifer

coniferous \ kō-​ˈni-​fə-​rəs , kə-​ \ adjective

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