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redwood1

[red-woo d] /ˈrɛdˌwʊd/
noun
1.
a coniferous tree, Sequoia sempervirens, of California, noted for its great height, sometimes reaching to more than 350 feet (107 meters): the state tree of California.
2.
its valuable brownish-red timber.
3.
a red-colored wood.
4.
any of various trees yielding a reddish wood.
5.
any tree whose wood produces a red dyestuff.
Origin of redwood1
1610-1620
First recorded in 1610-20; red1 + wood1

redwood2

or redwud

[red-woo d] /ˈrɛdˌwʊd/
adjective, Scot.
1.
raving mad; insane.
2.
distracted with anger; furious.
Origin
First recorded in 1550-60; red1 + wood2
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  • Just then redwood turned and waved his hand to somebody near us.

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  • And after him redwood dropped a goal, first from one side line, then from the other.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • It was in vain I struggled, and explained that redwood was waiting for me.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • “We need not discuss this, redwood,” said Mr Jarman, and walked away.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • I saw redwood go to him and say something, pointing as he did so to the hand.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for redwood

redwood

/ˈrɛdˌwʊd/
noun
1.
a giant coniferous tree, Sequoia sempervirens, of coastal regions of California, having reddish fibrous bark and durable timber: family Taxodiaceae. The largest specimen is over 120 metres (360 feet) tall See also sequoia
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Word Origin and History for redwood
n.

1610s, "wood that has a red hue," from red (adj.1) + wood (n.). Of various types of New World trees that yield such wood, from 1716; specifically of the California Sequoia sempervirens from 1819. In Scottish English 16c.-18c. the same word as an adjective meant "completely deranged, raving, stark mad," from wood (adj.).

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