Definition of conifer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkɒnɪfə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnɪfər//
; BrE BrE//ˈkəʊnɪfə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkoʊnɪfər//
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any tree that produces hard dry fruit called cones. Most conifers are evergreen (= have leaves that stay on the tree all year). See related entries: Plants Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘cone-bearing’, from conus from Greek kōnos.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: conifer