A fir tree.
An example of a fir is a Christmas tree.
- any of a genus (Abies) of cone-bearing evergreen trees of the pine family, having flattened needles and upright cones whose scales fall off at maturity
- any of various other coniferous trees, as the Douglas fir
- the wood of any of these trees
Origin of firMiddle English firre from Old English fyrh, akin to German föhre from Indo-European base an unverified form perkwus, name of the tree, oak from source Classical Latin quercus, oak
- a. Any of various evergreen trees of the genus Abies, having linear flattened needles and erect cones with deciduous scales.b. Any of several similar or related trees, such as the Douglas fir.
- The wood of any these trees.
Origin of firMiddle English firre probably of Scandinavian origin ; see perkwu- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural firs)
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.