red cedar

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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. red brigades,
  2. red bug,
  3. red cabbage,
  4. red card,
  5. red carpet,
  6. red cell,
  7. red cent,
  8. red chamber,
  9. red china,
  10. red chokeberry

Origin of red cedar

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85

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British Dictionary definitions for red cedar

red cedar

noun

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
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