a fir, Abies procera, of the northwestern U.S., which may grow to a height of 250 feet (76 meters).
the soft, light wood of this tree, used for pulpwood and plywood.
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When it comes to the word noble, the senses “royal” and “distinguished” are probably quite familiar, but there are many other uses of this word that might surprise you. Just as a noble person of virtue can resist manipulation, since the 14th century, stones and metals that resist corrosion are also said to be noble. Noble in this sense came to be synonymous with nonreactive. …
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Origin of noble fir
An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
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