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fir

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noun
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.
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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-)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fir

fir , fur

Other definitions for fir (2 of 2)

FIR

abbreviation
far-infrared radiation.
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How to use fir in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fir

fir
/ (fɜː) /

noun
any pyramidal coniferous tree of the N temperate genus Abies, having single needle-like leaves and erect cones: family PinaceaeSee 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 for fir

Old English furh; related to Old Norse fura, Old High German foraha fir, Latin quercus oak
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