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alpine fir

noun
1.
a fir, Abies lasiocarpa, of the Rocky Mountains, yielding a soft, brittle wood used for making boxes, crates, etc.
Origin of alpine fir
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900
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  • Arizona Cork Fir (Abies arizonica) very closely resembles forms of the alpine fir, and may not be a separate species.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • Sudworth was unable to distinguish its foliage and cones from those of alpine fir, but the bark is softer.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • alpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) is so called because it thrives on high mountains and in the far North.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The trees are mountain hemlock, alpine fir, Engelmann spruce, and white-bark pine.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • Other species are the alpine fir, Douglas spruce, limber pine, and Western yellow pine.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • The forest was made up almost entirely of Engelmann and Douglas spruces, alpine fir, and flexilis pine.

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • alpine fir grows from the base of the mountains to timber line; at high altitudes it is dwarfed and sprawling.

    Grand Teton [Wyoming] National Park United States Dept. of the Interior
  • Mountain hemlock and alpine fir succeed the trees of the lower slope.

  • The alpine fir occurs in unmixed stands, but is often associated with the mountain hemlock.

  • The principal trees of the meadow area are the alpine fir, the alpine hemlock, and the Alaska cedar.

    The Mountain that was 'God' John H. Williams

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