Red fir


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Red fir (Bot) a coniferous tree (Pseudotsuga Douglasii) found from British Columbia to Texas, and highly valued for its durable timber. The name is sometimes given to other coniferous trees, as the Norway spruce and the American Abies magnifica and Abies nobilis.
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In literature:

Lower down were thick forests of firs and red cedars, growing out in many places from the very fissures of the rocks.
"Astoria Or, Anecdotes Of An Enterprise Beyond The Rocky Mountains" by Washington Irving
Doves of the fir-wood walling high our red roof Through the long noon coo, crooning through the coo.
"The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 2 (of 4)" by Various
We did not leave off till the red sun was gone down behind the fir-trees bordering the common.
"Cousin Phillis" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
It has a centre-pole of excellent fir, and from its peak flies a strip of snake-skin, dyed a red which never fades.
"Parables Of A Province" by Gilbert Parker
Close at hand is a glorious specimen of red fir, fully four and a half feet in diameter.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
Once during the afternoon a red squirrel came jumping over the fir needles, and looked up impudently into my face.
"'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany" by Gerald Featherstone Knight
But see here, what made you turn a two-hundred-foot red fir loose among them?
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
At the foot of one of the fir-trees, grows a red toadstool, spotted with white.
"Fairy Tales from the German Forests" by Margaret Arndt
With the Douglas fir, hemlock, and red cedar it forms the dense forest characteristic of the lower mountain valleys.
"The Forests of Mount Rainier National Park" by Grenville F. Allen
A soft red glow still shone behind the firs that straggled up the western end of the glen and the air was cool and still.
"Johnstone of the Border" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

"Still, here it stood! yes, here," he said,
"Its very foot was set!
I saw this fir-tree through the red,
This through the violet!"
"The Golden Key" by George MacDonald
O the red heather on the moss-wrought rock,
And the fir-tree stiff and straight,
The shaggy old sheep-dog barking at the flock,
And the rotten old five-barred gate!
"Chillingham" by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
They led him in, they bath'd his wounds,
Tears, to the red stream adding:
The haughty GOLFRE gaz'd, admir'd!
The Peasant Girl his fancy fir'd,
And set his senses, madding!
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

The foundation is offering a selection of 200 Sitka spruce, Western red cedar and Douglas firs .
Fraser fir is the dominant tree species in the park above 6,000 feet and is co-dominant with red spruce in spruce fir forests above 4,000 feet.
A ready-made arrangement of noble fir and western red cedar, along with pine cones and artificial red berries, makes a timesaving base for a quick, fragrant holiday arrangement.

In science:

CO has been detected in emission from FIR luminous galaxies/AGNs up to a red-shift of 4.7 and many molecules have been found in absorption up to z = 0.9; relative abundances are similar to those found locally.
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