\ˈfər \

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

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The first logs cut were from the cottonwoods that grew in abundance along the Boise River, but fir and pine logs, floated down the river from the mountains, were straighter and easier to work with. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "When fires hit the area in late 19th century, brick’s foundation took hold in Boise," 16 June 2018 His nickname, Granen, means Christmas tree; at the height of summer, firs (mostly artificial) have been put up in several places in his honor. Rory Smith, New York Times, "By His Absence, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Makes Sweden Stronger at the World Cup," 3 July 2018 Rhododendrons, trilliums and other woodland plants line the walkway through the fir grove. Janet Eastman,, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 Made of fir and southern yellow pine, the Henrietta C. was a visual song. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 According to The Drinks Business, the two-year bourbon is also flavored with raspberry, Canadian snakeroot, fir needles, birch bark and maple syrup. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Bourbon flavored with beaver butt secretions? It's 'bottoms up' at this NH distillery," 15 June 2018 The floors, of heart pine, fir, and maple — in one bedroom, the boards are more than 18 inches wide — were all refinished. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Once a sea captain’s cottage, this Cotuit fixer-upper brings on the charm," 15 June 2018 The memorial is shrouded in white pine, red cedar and fir trees at the corner of Rhine Road and County Highway FF and would be easy to miss by passing motorists save for the state historical marker at the side of the road. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sheboygan County community remembers its Civil War dead 150 years after it erected memorial," 28 May 2018 Willow Springs Lake The 150-acre Willow Springs Lake is ringed by pine, oak and fir trees. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Cool off this summer at these lakes near Payson," 8 June 2018

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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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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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