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Fir


Fir. Isa. 14:8; Ezek. 27:5, etc. As the term “cedar” is in all probability applicable to more than one tree, so also “fir” in the Authorized Version represents probably one or other of the following trees:

1. Pinus sylvestris, or Scotch fir; 2. Larch; 3. Cupressus sempervirens, or cypress, all which are at this day found in the Lebanon. The wood of the fir was used for ship-building, Ezek. 27:5; for musical instruments, 2 Sam. 6:5; for beams and rafters of houses, 1 Kings 5:8, 10; 2 Chron. 2:8. It was a tall evergreen tree of vigorous growth.