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
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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 1841
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
CONIFER Defined for Kids
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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