- 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
- far-infrared radiation.
Examples from the Web for fir
Contemporary Examples of fir
The Daily Pic: Monika Sosnowska plants her "Fir Tree" in Central Park.A Climb-Down for Art
November 27, 2012
Historical Examples of fir
So he took a bough of fir, thick-set with little twigs, and tied the kill on that.The Trail Book
Then the vine and the snowdrop wept, and the pine-tree and the fir were very sad.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
With the pointer in his hand he touched the star at the apex of the fir.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
We wandered about in the fir wood, and at last came to a pause and rested.The First Violin
These plants are found on pine and fir trunks and on sawdust heaps.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
Word Origin for fir
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").