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Douglas fir

noun
1.
a coniferous tree, Pseudotsuga menziesii, of western North America, often more than 200 feet (60 meters) high, having reddish-brown bark, flattened needles, and narrow, light-brown cones, and yielding a strong, durable timber: the state tree of Oregon.
Also called Douglas pine, Douglas spruce, Oregon fir, Oregon pine.
Origin of Douglas fir
1855-1860
1855-60; named after David Douglas (1798-1834), Scottish botanist and traveler in America
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  • But the timber of the Douglas fir is heavy, strong and firm, and well suited toThe best of ship timber.

    A Report on Washington Territory William Henry Ruffner
  • Douglas fir and cedar, mostly,” said the driver, who proved to be a Vermont man.

    Gulf and Glacier Willis Boyd Allen
  • The Douglas fir covered the rocky slopes and the cedar lined the gut of a deep hollow which split the limit midway.

    The Hidden Places Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The full life of the Douglas fir is estimated to be about 750 years.

  • The Douglas fir is common in the park up to 3,500 feet, sometimes in nearly pure stands, but more often mixed with other species.

  • Our tree giant is as often called the Douglas fir as Douglas spruce.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • I was at first puzzled to know what kind it was, but at last I recognized it as a Douglas fir or "Oregon pine."

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • I remember seeing in the woods once a fallen log, on which was growing a Douglas fir two and a half feet in diameter.

    Jack the Young Canoeman George Bird Grinnell
  • It was by means of these seeds that the Douglas fir was introduced to Britain.

  • Several well-marked varieties of the Douglas fir are also to be met with occasionally in parks and gardens.

British Dictionary definitions for Douglas fir

Douglas fir

noun
1.
a North American pyramidal coniferous tree, Pseudotsuga menziesii, widely planted for ornament and for timber, having needle-like leaves and hanging cones: family Pinaceae Also called Oregon fir, Oregon pine
Word Origin
C19: named after David Douglas (1798–1834), Scottish botanist
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