One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The dry fruit of a fir tree or other conifer.
- ‘The game of Poohsticks was invented here by Winnie-the-Pooh and was first played by him and his friends Rabbit, Piglet, and Roo. They collected fir cones and then, standing on one side of the bridge, each dropped a cone into the water.’
- ‘The barrels of the cannons on deck seem to have been given the form of giant fir cones.’
- ‘Sprinkle essential oils, orange and cinnamon perhaps, to a bowl of fir cones, Christmas tree cuttings and dried orange slices for a wonderful Christmas potpourri.’
- ‘Pondering again the origin of the three marooned Douglas firs, I recalled once seeing, on a crisp fall day, a flock of Cassin's finches dismembering ripe subalpine fir cones while a steady rain of seeds fluttered to the ground.’
- ‘A player placed a fir cone against his ball to prevent the ball from moving when removing some other loose impediments.’
- ‘While its needles (actually modified leaves) are still alive and fresh, we decorate the tree with colorful glass globes, tinsel, red winterberries from a deciduous holly, spruce and fir cones, and cotton to simulate snow.’
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