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northern white cedar

noun
1.
See under white cedar (def 1).
Origin of northern white cedar
1925-1930
1925-30

white cedar

noun
1.
any of several chiefly coniferous trees valued for their wood, especially Chamaecyparis thyoides, of the eastern U.S., or Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar) of northeastern North America.
2.
the wood of any of these trees.
Origin
1665-75, Americanism
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  • If they are in competition with northern white cedar or tamarack, they are not always successful in winning first place.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The northern white cedar varies greatly in size and shape, depending on the soil, climate, and situation.

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  • There is little likelihood that northern white cedar will ever cease to be a commercial wood in this country.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The bark was stretched and tied over a frame, the shape of the canoe, and made of northern white cedar, or some other light wood.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The wood of the northern white cedar possesses a peculiar toughness which is seen in its wearing qualities.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for northern white cedar

white cedar

noun
1.
a coniferous tree, Chamaecyparis thyoides, of swampy regions in North America, having scalelike leaves and boxlike cones: family Cupressaceae See also cypress1 (sense 2)
2.
the wood of this tree, which is used for building boats, etc
3.
a coniferous tree, Thuja occidentalis, of NE North America, having scalelike leaves: family Cupressaceae See also arbor vitae
4.
the wood of this tree, much used for telegraph poles
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