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noun
  1. a large coniferous tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum (formerly Sequoia gigantea), of California, often reaching 300 feet (91 meters) in height, having reddish-brown bark, scalelike blue-green leaves, and bearing large elliptical cones.
Compare sequoia.

Origin of big tree

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for big tree

Historical Examples

  • These are represented to-day in California, the one by the redwood, the other by the big-tree.

    Evolution

    Joseph Le Conte

  • She was Big-tree's cousin, Mrs. Jemison says she was present at the execution.

  • All Big-Tree groves appear to have gone through forest fires.

    Your National Parks

    Enos A. Mills

  • The Big-Tree groves, he says, are growing in the soil-areas off which the ice first melted at the close of the ice age.

    Your National Parks

    Enos A. Mills

  • The Big-Tree area has not diminished, but probably has slightly increased in the last few thousand years.

    Your National Parks

    Enos A. Mills


British Dictionary definitions for big tree

big tree

noun
  1. a giant Californian coniferous tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum, with a wide tapering trunk and thick spongy bark: family Taxodiaceae . It often reaches a height of 90 metresAlso called: giant sequoia, wellingtonia See also sequoia
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