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[fur] /fɜr/
any coniferous tree belonging to the genus Abies, of the pine family, characterized by its pyramidal style of growth, flat needles, and erect cones.
the wood of such a tree.
Origin of fir
1250-1300; Middle English firre, Old English fyrh; cognate with Old Saxon furie; akin to Old English furh- (in fuhrwudu pine), Old Norse fura fir, Latin quercus oak (< *perkwu-)
Can be confused
fir, fur.


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  • But for all that he only named two trees, for fir and Scotch fir are both the same.

    Tales from the Fjeld P. Chr. Asbjrnsen
  • The Master said, Erst the cold days show how fir and cypress are last to fade.

  • But Tuesday night old Paul Stockton had six fine sheep killed in his upland pasture behind the fir woods.

  • The fir Tree might have been happy many times if it had only been content.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • Through the windows of the car I could dimly see that an apparently endless mass of fir trees were rushing past on each side.

  • fir was also employed in the Jewish buildings, and probably in those of Assyria.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • fir trees scented the air, and a talking machine played the same Russian music that was popular that same moment in New York.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • We found the remains of their old couches of fir boughs still in the bunks.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • I resisted all temptation to deck myself with snowdrops and fir twigs; their subdued tones do not match my aura.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
British Dictionary definitions for fir


any pyramidal coniferous tree of the N temperate genus Abies, having single needle-like leaves and erect cones: family Pinaceae See also red fir, silver fir, balsam fir
any of various other trees of the family Pinaceae, such as the Douglas fir
the wood of any of these trees
Word Origin
Old English furh; related to Old Norse fura, Old High German foraha fir, Latin quercus oak
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Word Origin and History for fir

14c.; Old English had furhwudu "pine wood," but the modern word is more likely from Old Norse fyri- "fir" or Old Danish fyr, all from Proto-Germanic *furkhon (cf. Old High German foraha, German Föhre "fir"), from PIE root *perkos, originally "oak" (cf. Sanskrit paraktah "the holy fig tree," Hindi pargai "the evergreen oak," Latin quercus "oak," Lombardic fereha "a kind of oak").

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