northern white cedar

Origin of northern white cedar

First recorded in 1925–30

white cedar

noun
  1. any of several chiefly coniferous trees valued for their wood, especially Chamaecyparis thyoides, of the eastern U.S., or Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar), of northeastern North America.
  2. the wood of any of these trees.

Origin of white cedar

An Americanism dating back to 1665–75
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British Dictionary definitions for northern white cedar

white cedar

noun
  1. a coniferous tree, Chamaecyparis thyoides, of swampy regions in North America, having scalelike leaves and boxlike cones: family CupressaceaeSee also cypress 1 (def. 2)
  2. the wood of this tree, which is used for building boats, etc
  3. a coniferous tree, Thuja occidentalis, of NE North America, having scalelike leaves: family CupressaceaeSee also arbor vitae
  4. the wood of this tree, much used for telegraph poles
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