any of a class (Pinatae) of cone-bearing, gymnospermous trees and shrubs, mostly evergreens, including the pine, spruce, fir, cedar, yew, and cypress
Origin of coniferL, cone-bearing: see cone and -fer
Any of various mostly needle-leaved or scale-leaved, chiefly evergreen, cone-bearing gymnospermous trees or shrubs of the order Coniferales, such as pines, spruces, and firs.
Origin of coniferLatin cōnifer cone-bearing cōnus cone ( from Greek kōnos ; see kō- in Indo-European roots.) -fer -fer
From Latin conifer (bearing cones), compound of conus (cone) and ferre (to bear)