conifer

[koh-nuh-fer, kon-uh-]
noun
1.
any of numerous, chiefly evergreen trees or shrubs of the class Coniferinae (or group Coniferales), including the pine, fir, spruce, and other cone-bearing trees and shrubs, and also the yews and their allies that bear drupelike seeds.
2.
a plant producing naked seeds in cones, or single naked seeds as in yews, but with pollen always borne in cones.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English conefere < Latin cōnifer coniferous, equivalent to cōn(us) cone + -i- + -fer -fer

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conifer (ˈkəʊnɪfə, ˈkɒn-)
 
n
any gymnosperm tree or shrub of the phylum Coniferophyta, typically bearing cones and evergreen leaves. The group includes the pines, spruces, firs, larches, yews, junipers, cedars, cypresses, and sequoias
 
[C19: from Latin, from cōnuscone + ferre to bear]

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conifer
1851, from L. conifer "cone-bearing," from conus "cone" + ferre "to bear" (see infer). Related: Coniferous (adj., 1660s).
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conifer  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (kŏn'ə-fər)  Pronunciation Key 
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. See more at pollination, seed-bearing plant.

coniferous adjective
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Example sentences
The campsites are among the park's forest of redwoods, conifers, cottonwoods
  and maples.
Larches are conifers, deciduous to be sure, but conifers nonetheless.
As the area recovered from the fire in the following years, deciduous birch and
  aspen trees replaced the charred conifers.
The tall part of the flora is dominated by conifers, he explains.
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