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red cedar

noun
1.
Also called eastern red cedar, savin. an American, coniferous tree, Juniperus virginiana, yielding a fragrant, reddish wood used for making lead pencils, etc.
2.
the western red cedar, Thuja plicata.
3.
the wood of these trees.
Origin of red cedar
1675-1685
An Americanism dating back to 1675-85
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  • They came to a settlement and the red cedar bungalow of Dr. Hooker Beach.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • I have attempted to give you an idea of steamboating on the red cedar.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • red cedar only lived for his daughter and through his daughter.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • Oh, Excellency, that is very simple; you do not know what has become of red cedar?

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • Of course you are aware that red cedar and the Trail-hunter had a fight?

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • What I should certainly not have done in his place—he carried red cedar away with him.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • red cedar muttered, "That could not last, for I was almost happy."

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • On leaving the jacal, red cedar proceeded towards the mountains.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • red cedar said with a grin; "perhaps you will find it too short."

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • Without answering the monk, red cedar turned to his daughter.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for red cedar

red cedar

noun
1.
any of several North American coniferous trees, esp Juniperus virginiana, a juniper that has fragrant reddish wood used for making pencils, and Thuja plicata, an arbor vitae
2.
the wood of any of these trees
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