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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.
  3. the wood of these trees.
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Origin of red cedar

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85
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Examples from the Web for red cedar

Historical Examples of red cedar

  • These were red-cedar roofing shingles from British Columbia.

    A Prairie Courtship

    Harold Bindloss

  • The wood of the cedar of Lebanon is fragrant, though not so strongly scented as that of the juniper or red-cedar of America.

  • The position upon a branch of the red-cedar is one that is frequently chosen.

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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