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Douglas fir

a coniferous tree, Pseudotsuga menziesii, of western North America, often more than 200 feet (60 meters) high, having reddish-brown bark, flattened needles, and narrow, light-brown cones, and yielding a strong, durable timber: the state tree of Oregon.
Also called Douglas pine, Douglas spruce, Oregon fir, Oregon pine.
Origin of Douglas fir
1855-60; named after David Douglas (1798-1834), Scottish botanist and traveler in America Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Douglas fir and cedar, mostly,” said the driver, who proved to be a Vermont man.

    Gulf and Glacier Willis Boyd Allen
  • It was by means of these seeds that the Douglas fir was introduced to Britain.

  • In Colorado, forests of Douglas fir are found at an elevation of 11,000 feet.

  • The full life of the Douglas fir is estimated to be about 750 years.

  • Our tree giant is as often called the Douglas fir as Douglas spruce.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • I remember seeing in the woods once a fallen log, on which was growing a Douglas fir two and a half feet in diameter.

    Jack the Young Canoeman

    George Bird Grinnell
  • But the timber of the Douglas fir is heavy, strong and firm, and well suited toThe best of ship timber.

    A Report on Washington Territory William Henry Ruffner
  • Several well-marked varieties of the Douglas fir are also to be met with occasionally in parks and gardens.

  • Two forms of Douglas fir are recognized by botanists, not essentially different except in size and habit of growth.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • No other single species in the United States or in the world equals the annual sawmill cut of Douglas fir.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for Douglas fir

Douglas fir

a North American pyramidal coniferous tree, Pseudotsuga menziesii, widely planted for ornament and for timber, having needle-like leaves and hanging cones: family Pinaceae Also called Oregon fir, Oregon pine
Word Origin
C19: named after David Douglas (1798–1834), Scottish botanist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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