- any of several coniferous trees of the genus Libocedrus (or Calocedrus), especially L. decurrens, of the western U.S., growing to a height of 150 feet (50 meters).
- the aromatic, close-grained wood of this tree, used to make pencils, chests, closet linings, etc.
Origin of incense cedar
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for incense cedar
At the entrance to the grounds an incense-cedar on one side and an arbor-vitae on the other stand dignified guard.A Backward Glance at Eighty
Charles A. Murdock