balsam fir
Fir Fir (f[~e]r), n. [Dan. fyr, fyrr; akin to Sw. furu, Icel. fura, AS. furh in furhwudu fir wood, G. f["o]hre, OHG. forha pine, vereheih a sort of oak, L. quercus oak.] (Bot.) 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 Scotch fir is a {Pinus}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Fir in the Bible means any one of several coniferous trees, including, cedar, cypress, and probably three species of pine. --J. D. Hooker. [1913 Webster]


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  • Balsam fir — Balsam Bal sam (b[add]l sam), n. [L. balsamum the balsam tree or its resin, Gr. ba lsamon. See {Balm}, n.] 1. A resin containing more or less of an essential or volatile oil. [1913 Webster] Note: The balsams are aromatic resinous substances,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balsam fir — n a resinous American evergreen tree (Abies balsamea) that is widely used for pulpwood and as a Christmas tree and that is the source of Canada balsam …   Medical dictionary

  • balsam fir — ☆ balsam fir n. a flat needled evergreen tree (Abies balsamea) of the pine family, native to Canada and the N U.S.: it yields Canada balsam and a soft wood, and is used as a Christmas tree: see CONE …   English World dictionary

  • balsam fir — balzaminis kėnis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pušinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medieninis, vaistinis augalas (Abies balsamea), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. Iš jo gaunamas eterinis aliejus. atitikmenys: lot. Abies balsamea; Abies balsamea f.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • balsam fir — noun medium sized fir of northeastern North America; leaves smell of balsam when crushed; much used for pulpwood and Christmas trees • Syn: ↑balm of Gilead, ↑Canada balsam, ↑Abies balsamea • Hypernyms: ↑silver fir * * * noun, pl ⋯ firs [count] :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • balsam fir — bal′sam fir′ n. 1) pln a North American fir, Abies balsamea, having dark purplish cones and yielding Canada balsam 2) pln the wood of this tree • Etymology: 1795–1805, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • balsam fir — noun Date: 1805 a resinous North American fir (Abies balsamea) that is widely used for pulpwood and as a Christmas tree and is the source of Canada balsam …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • balsam fir — 1. a North American fir, Abies balsamea, having dark purplish cones and yielding Canada balsam. 2. the wood of this tree. 3. any of certain other firs. [1795 1805, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • balsam fir — noun a North American fir tree which yields Canada balsam. [Abies balsamea.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • balsam fir — /bɔlsəm ˈfɜ/ (say bawlsuhm fer) noun 1. a North American species of fir, Abies balsamea, which yields Canada balsam. 2. the wood of this tree. 3. any of certain other firs, especially of North America …   Australian English dictionary

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