eastern red cedar
- 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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- 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