- a large coniferous tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum (formerly Sequoia gigantea), of California, often reaching 300 feet (91 meters) in height, having reddish-brown bark, scalelike blue-green leaves, and bearing large elliptical cones.
Origin of big tree
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for big tree
These are represented to-day in California, the one by the redwood, the other by the big-tree.Evolution
Joseph Le Conte
She was Big-tree's cousin, Mrs. Jemison says she was present at the execution.A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison
James E. Seaver
All Big-Tree groves appear to have gone through forest fires.
The Big-Tree groves, he says, are growing in the soil-areas off which the ice first melted at the close of the ice age.
The Big-Tree area has not diminished, but probably has slightly increased in the last few thousand years.
- a giant Californian coniferous tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum, with a wide tapering trunk and thick spongy bark: family Taxodiaceae . It often reaches a height of 90 metresAlso called: giant sequoia, wellingtonia See also sequoia
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