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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. Unabridged
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  • The 2,000-foot firs of the Sierra slopes appear but as green-black billows.

    Unexplored! Allen Chaffee
  • A light wind had risen, rustling the firs and spruces above his head.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Felix crushed through between the firs, by main force getting through, but only opening a passage for them to follow.

    After London Richard Jefferies
  • It is a novel sight to see the firs and spruces on this stormy sea-coast.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • This was enclosed with a thick plantation of firs on all sides but that one which looked westward across the Intervale.

    The Master of the Inn Robert Herrick
  • There had been pines in that valley, and firs towering hundreds of feet in the air.

    The Hammer of Thor Charles Willard Diffin
  • Below lay the irregular foothills, thickly covered with cedars, pines and firs.

  • The grave was made in a deep grove of firs on the estate of the boy's mother.

  • Between these beautiful trees sprang up clusters of firs, whose opaque open parasol boughs spread wide around.

    The Mysterious Island Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for firs


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 firs



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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firs in the Bible

the uniform rendering in the Authorized Version (marg. R.V., "cypress") of _berosh_ (2 Sam. 6:5; 1 Kings 5:8, 10; 6:15, 34; 9:11, etc.), a lofty tree (Isa. 55:13) growing on Lebanon (37:24). Its wood was used in making musical instruments and doors of houses, and for ceilings (2 Chr. 3:5), the decks of ships (Ezek. 27:5), floorings and spear-shafts (Nah. 2:3, R.V.). The true fir (abies) is not found in Palestine, but the pine tree, of which there are four species, is common. The precise kind of tree meant by the "green fir tree" (Hos. 14:8) is uncertain. Some regard it as the sherbin tree, a cypress resembling the cedar; others, the Aleppo or maritime pine (Pinus halepensis), which resembles the Scotch fir; while others think that the "stone-pine" (Pinus pinea) is probably meant. (See PINE.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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