incense cedar

[ in-sens see-der ]

  1. a tree of the cypress family’s genus Calocedrus, especially C. decurrens(California incense cedar ) of western North America, which may grow to more than 190 feet (58 meters) in height.

  2. the aromatic, close-grained wood of this tree, used to make pencils, chests, closet linings, etc.

Origin of incense cedar

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70

Words Nearby incense cedar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use incense cedar in a sentence

  • The incense cedar is the only representative of its genus in the United States.

    American Forest Trees | Henry H. Gibson
  • The wood of the incense cedar is serviceable for many purposes.

    American Forest Trees | Henry H. Gibson