big tree



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.

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  9. big-bang theory,
  10. big-boned

Compare sequoia.

Origin of big tree

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for big tree

big tree


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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