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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 ceilings are tongue-in-groove pine, stained to blend with the fir. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Mix of woods and glass give inhabitants of $3.45M log home soaring views of nature," 27 June 2020 The rough road soon ducks into thick pine-oak woodlands with smatterings of fir and spruce and begins a mild climb along a ridge above Fulton Canyon. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Shady, flowery hike near Flagstaff, AZ, is a fun summer outing. Here are 2 ways to try it," 24 June 2020 Of the many species that call it home, the Mount Graham red squirrel resides in critical habitat in the mountain islands that includes only spruce-fir forests above 9,200 feet. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Conservation groups sue to protect habitat for imperiled Mount Graham red squirrel," 18 June 2020 Cedar and pine boughs are common enough in many places, but fir boughs make the softest bed. Popular Science, "Fifteen survival shelters that can save your life," 28 May 2020 Most people think the prime time for picking out a holiday fir is once the Thanksgiving dinner is cleared. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Why you should skip buying a Christmas tree on Black Friday or Cyber Monday," 19 Nov. 2019 Several trees were erected at Windsor Castle, including 15 foot Nordmann firs in the Crimson Drawing Room, and a 20 foot tree in St. George's Hall. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen's Windsor Castle Residence Has Been Decorated for Christmas," 30 Nov. 2019 During the holidays, the 8,000-acre estate is decorated with Christmas lights, thousands of ornaments, and dozens of fir trees. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "You Can Virtually Tour the Biltmore Estate," 9 Apr. 2020 The two-level farmhouse was built in 1921 on 6.18 acres with mature fruit and fir trees. oregonlive, "Are Oregon’s cut-rate fixer-upper homes ugly or an opportunity?," 7 Mar. 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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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 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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