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cedar chest

a chest made of or lined with cedar, used to store clothing, blankets, etc., especially for protection against moths.
Origin of cedar chest
An Americanism dating back to 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Surely it would do no harm if she took just one sniff at the cedar chest before she went away.

    The Master's Violin Myrtle Reed
  • "I have a cedar chest full of treasures up there," she said.

    The Idiot at Home John Kendrick Bangs
  • In a few moments they chattered back through the dining-room, where Mary was adjusting the linen into a cedar chest.

    Mountain Clement Wood
  • It had been laid up with camphor in a cedar chest, but it had some moth holes in it.

    Jerome, A Poor Man Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Even the cedar chest where Evelina's mother's blue bridal array was stored had its till heaped with rose leaves and lavender.

    Evelina's Garden Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • It's put away in the cedar chest in the attic—Mary will know where.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • Now he released it and brought himself upright upon the cedar chest.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery Rebecca N. Porter
  • She hesitated, took three steps toward the cedar chest, then fled ingloriously from the field.

    Lavender and Old Lace Myrtle Reed
  • There were trunks in one corner, a great many, and a cedar chest.

    Kenny Leona Dalrymple
  • When I have written this one they are to be sealed, and to-morrow they are to be packed away in Aunt Mary's cedar chest.

    Captain Macklin Richard Harding Davis

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