[koh-nif-er-uh s, kuh-]
Origin of coniferous
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Examples from the Web for coniferous
In transplanting of these coniferous trees, which are generally resinaceous, viz.Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Coniferous plants are abundant, many of them being peculiar to Japan.The Empire of the East
H. B. Montgomery
The nests are most often found under the loosened bark on coniferous trees.The Bird Book
Chester A. Reed
They are all pyramidal trees with flowers and fruits of the coniferous type.
These include some of the most beautiful of coniferous trees.
- of, relating to, or belonging to the plant phylum ConiferophytaSee conifer
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Word Origin and History for coniferous
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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