silver fir


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n silver fir any of various true firs having leaves white or silvery white beneath
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Silver fir (Bot) a coniferous tree (Abies pectinata) found in mountainous districts in the middle and south of Europe, where it often grows to the height of 100 or 150 feet. It yields Burgundy pitch and Strasburg turpentine.
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In literature:

The next higher is the Fir Zone, made up almost exclusively of two species of silver fir.
"Steep Trails" by John Muir
In the centre of a grass plot rose a silver fir-tree.
"Catherine de' Medici" by Honore de Balzac
Fir (Silver), Witches' brooms of.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
As evening approached the sky cleared, and a big full moon tipped the fir trees with silver and set Lake Mary to gleaming.
"The Lure of the Labrador Wild" by Dillon Wallace
The storm-tossed pines and warlike-looking firs Have rallied here upon its silver spurs.
"The California Birthday Book" by Various
The tree is a silver fir or spruce in the patch at the Green-tongue park.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
It shone with an intense silver behind leafless boughs and behind the dark-clad boughs of firs.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
The silver fir does not extend over Russia, and the oak does not cross the Urals.
"Russia" by Various
Close to the long stone wall shone the silver-fir that shielded the bee-city against the west wind.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
It is curious to see the enormous size to which the silver-fir will here attain.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
The window stood wide open, and the fragrance of a grove of silver firs outside drifted in.
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
Silver birch, pines and firs.
"Through Siberia and Manchuria By Rail" by Oliver George Ready
A thin silver crescent sailed clear of the fretted minarets of towering firs clear cut against a pale pearl of the sky.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
All proved successful except the silver fir.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Noticed a borer drilling a silver fir.
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir
Such a sight may be seen in Europe among the high silver-fir forests of the Pyrenees.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
The forest of silver firs grew on a hill-slope up from a water-course as far as the borders of the long-leaved pines.
"The Basket Woman" by Mary Austin
All about them seemed to shake, the silvered firs, the pale sunshine, the melancholy house, the solid earth beneath their feet.
"Notwithstanding" by Mary Cholmondeley
In the forests are also found silver fir, horse-chestnut, and maple.
"Kashmir" by Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
Pines, spruce, fir, larch, and silver fir are the most important kinds.
"Modern Geography" by Marion I. Newbigin

In poetry:

A soft wind passes lightly drawn,
A wave leaps silverly and stirs
The rustling sedge, and then is gone
Down the black cavern in the firs.
"The Voice And The Dusk" by Duncan Campbell Scott
His robes are dappled like the moonlit seas,
His hair in waves of silver floats afar;
He weareth lotus-bloom and sweet heartsease,
With tassels of the rustling green fir trees,
As down the dusk he steps from star to star.
"The Slumber Angel" by Virna Sheard
I was dreaming of old Scotland, the home of my boyish years,
And the sound of the village bagpipe was droning in my ears;
And across the purple heath, behind a screen of fir and oak,
I saw from our low chimney curl the silver blue peat smoke;
"The Wreck Of The Birkenhead," by Frances Anne Kemble

In news:

Silver and gold bells hang over Bellagio's 45-foot-tall Shasta fir, the largest holiday tree ever displayed at the Las Vegas resort.