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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. 2018.
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  • "I have a cedar chest full of treasures up there," she said.

    The Idiot at Home John Kendrick Bangs
  • 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
  • There were trunks in one corner, a great many, and a cedar chest.


    Leona Dalrymple
  • It's put away in the cedar chest in the attic—Mary will know where.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • 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
  • They are to be married in June, and the things that she is making are to go into the cedar chest which her father has given her.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • She hesitated, took three steps toward the cedar chest, then fled ingloriously from the field.

    Lavender and Old Lace Myrtle Reed
  • On top of all the other clothes in Mrs. Preston's cedar chest was a black velvet gown, made with a long train and a V-shaped neck.

    Madge Morton's Trust Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • 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
  • The cedar chest was broken and splintered around the lock, but the cover hadn't been lifted.

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