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.
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Origin of Douglas fir
1855–60; named after David Douglas (1798–1834), Scottish botanist and traveler in America
Words nearby Douglas fir
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British Dictionary definitions for Douglas fir
Douglas spruce or Douglas hemlock
a North American pyramidal coniferous tree, Pseudotsuga menziesii, widely planted for ornament and for timber, having needle-like leaves and hanging cones: family PinaceaeAlso called: Oregon fir, Oregon pine
Word Origin for Douglas fir
C19: named after David Douglas (1798–1834), Scottish botanist
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