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white fir

noun
1.
a tall, narrow fir, Abies concolor, of western North America, yielding a soft wood used for lumber, pulp, boxes, etc.
2.
the wood of this tree.
3.
any of various similar firs of western North America, or their wood.
Origin of white fir
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism
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  • Black cottonwood and white fir are the principal woods used for pulp on the Pacific coast.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • It is built of white fir logs, all selected there in the forest.

    The Guardians of the Columbia John H. (John Harvey) Williams
  • The meadow, bordered by red and white fir and Jeffrey and lodgepole pine, offers an attractive but cold campsite.

    Guide to Yosemite Ansel Hall
  • It appeared to belong to the species Abies alba, or white fir, which now reaches 68 N. Lat.

    Island Life Alfred Russel Wallace
  • This white fir is a giant of the Sierras, but a tree of medium height in the Rocky Mountains.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Tamarack, white fir and pines climb higher on these warmer slopes.

    The Guardians of the Columbia John H. (John Harvey) Williams
  • Nevertheless sign found in the white fir forests in the Big Pines area indicated that flying squirrels may occur there.

  • The white fir grew to a much larger tree than the Balm-of-Gilead he had known in the East, and the lower branches were tough.

    The Boy With the U. S. Foresters Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Here and there are charming little nurseries of tiny and growing yellow pines and white fir.

    The Lake of the Sky George Wharton James
  • The Norway spruce, or white fir (P. excelsa), is the chief European species.

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