Fir. [E]

( Isaiah 14:8 ; Ezekiel 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, ( Ezekiel 27:5 ) for musical instruments, ( 2 Samuel 6:5 ) for beams and rafters of houses, ( 1 Kings 5:8 1 Kings 5:10 ; 2 Chronicles 2:8 ) It was a tall evergreen tree of vigorous growth.
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Fir'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.
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