- Also called eastern red cedar, savin. an American, coniferous tree, Juniperus virginiana, yielding a fragrant, reddish wood used for making lead pencils, etc.
- the western red cedar, Thuja plicata.
- the wood of these trees.
Origin of red cedar
An Americanism dating back to 1675–85
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Examples from the Web for red cedar
These were red-cedar roofing shingles from British Columbia.A Prairie Courtship
The wood of the cedar of Lebanon is fragrant, though not so strongly scented as that of the juniper or red-cedar of America.
The position upon a branch of the red-cedar is one that is frequently chosen.Nests and Eggs of Birds of The United States
Thomas G. Gentry
- 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
- the wood of any of these trees
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