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

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 conifer (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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Recent Examples on the Web Her conifer trees, many now more 8 feet tall, have taken root on hillside plots strategically placed to disperse their seeds across the landscape. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 The Bootleg fire is burning through high desert conifer forests parched after a long-running drought and above-average temperatures. oregonlive, 19 July 2021 The agency is in need of these for replanting purposes, refilling forests with new conifer trees. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021 Nestled among magnificent conifer forests, the lodge is truly a bucket-list worthy destination where guests can explore British Columbia’s unparalleled landscape and wildlife. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 6 June 2021 While the Wallow Fire certainly changed the mountain’s look, miraculously, much of the aspen and mixed conifer woodlands on the lower part of the trail are intact. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 20 Aug. 2021 The Bootleg fire, about 30 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, was burning through forest of mixed conifer and areas of shrubby grassland. oregonlive, 23 July 2021 Look for a hardwood or conifer with a trunk that’s at least one foot in diameter when measured 4½ feet off the ground. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 18 May 2021 The blaze has been churning through vast swaths of conifer forests and grassland, made bone dry by an ongoing drought in the region and further stressed by the unprecedented heat wave that swept over the Pacific Northwest in late July. oregonlive, 22 July 2021

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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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The first known use of conifer was circa 1841

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“Conifer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of conifer

: 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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