white fir

noun

: a large fir (Abies concolor) of western North America with pale usually bluish-green foliage, a narrow erect crown, and soft wood that is used for lumber

Examples of white fir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The white fir tree, which stands 60 feet tall and weighs 12,000 pounds, is adorned with thousands of lights, icicles and strobes. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 This stunning example includes boughs cut from white fir, Fraser fir, juniper, and Southern magnolia. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Sep. 2023 Conditions favored shade-tolerant trees — white fir, red fir and incense cedar — that prefer dense, closed canopies. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2023 There were 12 million dead white fir trees, an increase of 691%, across 1.5 million acres, and 15 million dead red firs, an increase of 242%, across 890,000 acres. Nathan Solisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2023 The largest mortality was observed at lower elevations where grand fir and white fir are plentiful. Nathan Gilles, oregonlive, 25 Nov. 2022 The survey recorded 28 million dead fir trees – 15.2 million dead red fir and 12.8 million dead white fir – a 242% and 691% increase from 2021 for each species, respectively. Claire Hao, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Feb. 2023 The whir of a disc-saw echoed across Palomar Mountain on a recent December afternoon as loggers cut down hundreds of white fir and incense cedar on a steep hillside dotted with rustic homes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Jan. 2023 The current tree is a 27-foot white fir planted in October 2021. Lela Nargi, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of white fir was in 1849

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“White fir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20fir. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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