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
coniferousplay \kō-ˈni-f(ə-)rəs, kə-\ adjective
Recent Examples of conifer from the Web
The Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve is home to mixed conifer, oak and cedar forest, native grassland and seasonal ponds.
At higher elevations were forests of shrubs and a variety of broad-leaved trees and conifers.
Tamaracks, delicate-looking conifers with needles that turn orange and fall off in autumn, were in a similar troubled state in 1997.
On Saturday, the conifers will provide canopy for a picnic as students and alumni gather beneath them to celebrate the Meadow Valley Forestry Camp’s centennial.
One section that draws wedding parties and photographers every year: the unusual conifers called tamarack trees.
The couple's 150-foot-by-100-foot garden features a collection of conifers, flower beds and a pond.
These larger, giant conifer aphids (1/4 inch long) are abundant this spring.
Plants for a Zen Garden: Heavenly bamboo (Nandina); Real bamboo (consider clumping bamboo, which will not run); Conifers; Japanese maples; Mosses; Sedums; Other ground covers; Azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of conifer
ultimately from Latin conifer cone-bearing, from conus cone + -fer
First Known Use: circa 1841See Words from the same year
CONIFER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conifer for English Language Learners
biology : a bush or tree (such as a pine) that produces cones and that usually has leaves that are green all year
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Definition of conifer for Students
: 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
coniferous\kō-ˈni-fə-rəs, kə-\ adjective
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