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.
DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF PORTUGUESE ON ENGLISH VIA THIS QUIZ!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of noble fir
An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
Words nearby noble fir
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