(Danish) fyr, fyrr; akin to (Swedish) furu, (Icelandic) fura, (Anglo-Saxon) furh
in furhwudu fir wood, German föhre, (Old High German) forha pine, vereheih a sort of oak, (Latin) quercus (Botanical) A genus (Abies) of coniferous trees, often of large size and elegant shape, some of them valued for their timber and others for their resin. The species are distinguished as the balsam fir, the silver fir, the red fir, etc. The Scoth fir is a Pinus.Note: Fir in the Bible means any one of several coniferous trees, including, cedar, cypress, and probably three species of pine. J. (Dutch) Hooker.
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From Middle English firre, from either Old Norse fýri (as in fýriskógr 'fir-wood') or Old English fyrh, furh (as in furhwudu 'pinewood'), from Proto-Germanic *furhijǭ (compare Low German Fuhr, German Föhre 'pine', Danish fyr), from Proto-Indo-European *pŕ̥kʷeh₂ (compare Italian (Trentino) porca 'fir'), from *pérkʷus 'oak' (compare Latin quercus 'oak', Albanian shpardh, shparr 'Italian oak', Punjabi ਪਰਗਾਇ (pargāī, “holm oak, Quercus baloot”)). Related to frith.
(all countable senses): fir tree
fir (countable and uncountable, plural firs) (chiefly countable, UK) Any conifer of a variety of genera, especially a Scots pine, Pinus sylvestris or a true fir (Abies). (chiefly countable, US) A conifer of the genus Abies. 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 1, The Dust of Conflict: A beech wood with silver firs in it rolled down the face of the hill, and the maze of leafless twigs and dusky spires cut sharp against the soft blueness of the evening sky. 1991, Paul Chadwick, Concrete: American Christmas, Dark Horse Books I can almost smell the fir scent… resinous, pungent. (uncountable) Wood of such trees.
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