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white cedar

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.
the wood of any of these trees.
Origin of white cedar
An Americanism dating back to 1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Cape May people built sloops for carrying the white cedar, the mittens, oysters, and wampum to the outside world.

    The Quaker Colonies Sydney G. Fisher
  • Like the Eastern cedar, however, this white cedar is very durable.

    Jack the Young Canoeman George Bird Grinnell
  • But I suppose it is settled beyond dispute that white cedar stands at the head for boat streaks.

    Woodcraft and Camping George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
  • This white cedar is the swamp-loving variety of the Atlantic seaboard—its range stretches from Maine to Mississippi.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • On these poles is laid a covering of white cedar or arbor-vitæ, kept on by strands of cedar-fibres.

    Oregon and Eldorado Thomas Bulfinch
  • Some are upwards of fifty feet long, cut out of a single tree, either fir or white cedar, and capable of carrying thirty persons.

    Astoria Washington Irving
  • To prepare the fruit a thick close basket-work tray, or hurdle of white cedar, is used.

  • Pieces of bark from the white cedar of Canada, for foreign stamps and postmarks.

  • The red fir and white cedar now being taken out are superior in quality to those of any section of this coast.

    A Report on Washington Territory William Henry Ruffner
  • The soil is good, and is covered with a very heavy growth of pine and white cedar timber.

British Dictionary definitions for white cedar

white cedar

a coniferous tree, Chamaecyparis thyoides, of swampy regions in North America, having scalelike leaves and boxlike cones: family Cupressaceae See also cypress1 (sense 2)
the wood of this tree, which is used for building boats, etc
a coniferous tree, Thuja occidentalis, of NE North America, having scalelike leaves: family Cupressaceae See also arbor vitae
the wood of this tree, much used for telegraph poles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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