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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

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The fire was burning in challenging mountain terrain with a mix of pine, fir and spruce trees, said fire information spokesman Dave Sabo. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "Glacier latest US park to be scorched by Western wildfires," 13 Aug. 2018 About 60 homes were ordered evacuated as the blaze erupted late Tuesday and winds whipped flames through brush, grass, oak, pine and fir near Mendocino National Forest, Mendocino County Undersheriff Matthew Kendall said. Fox News, "New fires erupt in Northern California; homes threatened," 1 Aug. 2018 The time of natural firs has ended, long live their plastic successors! Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Fake Christmas Trees Are the Future and That's a Good Thing for Everyone—and Their Carpets," 18 Dec. 2018 The water levels should cover the cut end of the trunk at all times to make sure your fir or pine is getting enough water to stay hydrated. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Your Real Christmas Tree Last Longer," 8 Dec. 2015 The beloved Mayfair hotel is known for their festive and fashionable firs—Dior, Lanvin, Jony Ives, and Karl Lagerfeld have all worked on previous iterations—and this year is no exception. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Diane von Furstenberg’s Seriously Chic London Christmas Tree," 27 Nov. 2018 In the Marble Hall, there are three large fir trees decked out in crown and carriage ornaments, as well as ornate garlands. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Queen’s Annual Christmas Lunch at Buckingham Palace," 19 Dec. 2018 Real-estate agent Wally Gudgell remembered walking the Lopez property with Allen and his team; the 3 miles of shoreline, the old-growth forest of cedar and fir, and the rock platforms with views of Mount Baker. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "How Paul Allen quietly saved an Orcas Island preschool," 19 Oct. 2018 The juncture forms a land bridge that brings together an unusual mix of animals and plants, from desert snakes to salamanders to cactus to old-growth firs. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Along California-Oregon border, debate over protected lands is clash of values," 4 Mar. 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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