red cedar

  1. Also called eastern red cedar, savin. an American, coniferous tree, Juniperus virginiana, yielding a fragrant, reddish wood used for making lead pencils, etc.

  2. the western red cedar, Thuja plicata.

  1. the wood of these trees.

Origin of red cedar

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85

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

How to use red cedar in a sentence

  • Stanapat and red cedar understood this, and hence redoubled their efforts to crush the enemy.

    The Trapper's Daughter | Gustave Aimard

British Dictionary definitions for red cedar

red cedar

  1. 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

  2. the wood of any of these trees

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