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Definition of fir

1 : any of a genus (Abies) of north temperate evergreen trees of the pine family that have flattish leaves, circular leaf scars, and erect female cones and are valued for their wood also : any of various conifers (such as the Douglas fir) of other genera
2 : the wood of a fir

Examples of fir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the peaks and ridges near South Lake Tahoe are well over 8,000 feet and sparsely populated with fir trees. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 Then came the fire, which has destroyed more than 600 structures in an eastern march through pine, fir and drought-dry fuel stands. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Unlike lower elevations populated by hot-burning manzanita brush, ponderosa pine and cedar trees, the ridge is characterized by fir trees and more spare, open areas that can help slow the fire’s spread. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Among the pine, fir and oak that carpeted the steep canyon were an array of mostly beat-up or collapsed mining buildings plus a cemetery, a far cry from when every bend in the river was bustling with 49ers and their homesteads. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Aug. 2021 On Friday, ridgetop winds up to 20 mph (32.2 kph) combined with ferocious heat as the fire raged through bone-dry pine, fir and chaparral., 10 July 2021 After a morning of ocean smells, the scent of cedar and fir were a welcome departure. oregonlive, 23 June 2021 The powdered rosin is extracted from the sap of fir trees and is sticky in nature. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 June 2021 The skyward soar of its fir and pine planking makes its setting in the woods feel natural in two senses. Washington Post, 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of fir

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fir

Middle English, from Old English fyrh; akin to Old High German forha fir, Latin quercus oak

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The first known use of fir was before the 12th century

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28 Sep 2021

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“Fir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fir

: a tall evergreen tree
: the wood of a fir tree


\ ˈfər How to pronounce fir (audio) \

Kids Definition of fir

: a tall evergreen tree related to the pine that yields useful lumber


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Medical Definition of fir

: any tree of the genus Abies — see balsam fir

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