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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 The Etsy shop also has gingerbread latte and winter fir scents available. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Limited-Edition Etsy Collection from Half Baked Harvest Has All Your Holiday Baking Essentials," 1 Oct. 2020 Inside, fir floors, pocket doors and original ornate hardware have been protected. oregonlive, "1896 Queen Anne, owned by drag queen Darcelle, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places," 30 Sep. 2020 According to the North American Wood Pole Council, there are approximately 130 million wooden utility poles in use in North America, primarily made of pine, fir and cedar. Washington Post, "Bright idea: Yellow grids make utility poles more visible at night," 5 Sep. 2020 Ashes, oak leaves and twigs from burning fir and redwood trees rained down from the smoky sky. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, "'We're drying the fuels': How climate change is making wildfires worse in the West," 29 Aug. 2020 Tawny ravines give way to fir-dotted slopes, then granite cliffs. Michael S. Hopkins, The Christian Science Monitor, "Travels with Maybell: Looking for ‘normal’ in an RV," 4 Sep. 2020 How did millions of monarch butterflies each year find their way thousands of miles from North America to a particular patch of fir groves in central Mexico? Jo Marchant, Wired, "The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was," 1 Sep. 2020 Lodge near Golden and Silver Falls in Coos Bay is peacefully nestled among towering fir and cedar trees, and has 150 feet of creek frontage with views of historic Glenn Creek from every room. oregonlive, "Escape to the middle of nowhere: Stay in a serene Oregon vacation home surrounded by nature," 28 Aug. 2020 Chewing through century-old fir, oak and pine, the fire continued to be a threat to 4,570 structures after destroying a dozen. The Salt Lake Tribune, "California wildfires chase people from homes into smoky air," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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9 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fir

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


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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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