northern white cedar
See under white cedar(def 1).
Origin of northern white cedar
First recorded in 1925–30
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.
the wood of any of these trees.
Origin of white cedar
An Americanism dating back to 1665–75
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a coniferous tree, Chamaecyparis thyoides, of swampy regions in North America, having scalelike leaves and boxlike cones: family CupressaceaeSee also cypress 1 (def. 2)
the wood of this tree, which is used for building boats, etc
a coniferous tree, Thuja occidentalis, of NE North America, having scalelike leaves: family CupressaceaeSee also arbor vitae
the wood of this tree, much used for telegraph poles
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