metasequoia

[met-uh-si-kwoi-uh]

noun

a tall deciduous coniferous tree, Metasequoia glyptostrobodes, first known as a fossil and then discovered alive in China.

Origin of metasequoia

< New Latin (1941), the genus name; see meta-, sequoia
Also called dawn redwood.
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