- any of numerous, chiefly evergreen trees or shrubs of the class Coniferinae (or group Coniferales), including the pine, fir, spruce, and other cone-bearing trees and shrubs, and also the yews and their allies that bear drupelike seeds.
- a plant producing naked seeds in cones, or single naked seeds as in yews, but with pollen always borne in cones.
Origin of conifer
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Examples from the Web for conifer
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Here have been found only marine plants, wood, and branches of Conifer.
Larches, firs, all the trees of the conifer family are going fast.Ulysses
The trees of the world, from conifer to cactus, are here, and every flower that blooms.
No other conifer has this trait, no pine grows but shows it every day in the year.Trees Worth Knowing
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Conifer.1—Shrubs or trees with rigid evergreen, linear leaves; and resinous juices.Field and Woodland Plants
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- any gymnosperm tree or shrub of the phylum Coniferophyta, typically bearing cones and evergreen leaves. The group includes the pines, spruces, firs, larches, yews, junipers, cedars, cypresses, and sequoias
C19: from Latin, from cōnus cone + ferre to bear
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Word Origin and History for conifer
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- Any of various gymnosperms that bear their reproductive structures in cones and belong to the phylum Coniferophyta. Conifers evolved around 300 million years ago and, as a group, show many adaptations to drier and cooler environments. They are usually evergreen and often have drought-resistant leaves that are needle-shaped or scalelike. They depend on the wind to blow pollen produced by male cones to female cones, where fertilization takes place and seeds develop. Conifers are widely distributed, but conifer species dominate the northern forest biome known as the taiga. There are some 550 species of conifers, including the pines, firs, spruces, hemlocks, cypresses, junipers, yews, and redwoods. See more at pollination seed-bearing plant.
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