Conifer definition

kŏnə-fər, kōnə-
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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.
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(botany) A plant belonging to the conifers; a cone-bearing seed plant with vascular tissue, usually a tree.
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Any of a class (Pinatae) of cone-bearing, gymnospermous trees and shrubs, mostly evergreens, including the pine, spruce, fir, cedar, yew, and cypress.
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Any of various gymnosperms that bear their reproductive structures in cones and belong to the phylum Coniferophyta. Conifers evolved around 300 million years ago and, as a group, show many adaptations to drier and cooler environments. They are usually evergreen and often have drought-resistant leaves that are needle-shaped or scalelike. They depend on the wind to blow pollen produced by male cones to female cones, where fertilization takes place and seeds develop. Conifers are widely distributed, but conifer species dominate the northern forest biome known as the taiga. There are some 550 species of conifers, including the pines, firs, spruces, hemlocks, cypresses, junipers, yews, and redwoods.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
conifer
Plural:
conifers

Origin of conifer

  • Latin cōnifer cone-bearing cōnus cone (from Greek kōnos kō- in Indo-European roots) -fer -fer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin conifer (bearing cones), compound of conus (cone) and ferre (to bear)

    From Wiktionary