redwood

1
[red-woo d]
noun
  1. a coniferous tree, Sequoia sempervirens, of California, noted for its great height, sometimes reaching to more than 350 feet (107 meters): the state tree of California.
  2. its valuable brownish-red timber.
  3. a red-colored wood.
  4. any of various trees yielding a reddish wood.
  5. any tree whose wood produces a red dyestuff.

Origin of redwood

1
First recorded in 1610–20; red1 + wood1

redwood

2

or red·wud

[red-woo d]
adjective Scot.
  1. raving mad; insane.
  2. distracted with anger; furious.

Origin of redwood

2
First recorded in 1550–60; red1 + wood2
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  • Just then Redwood turned and waved his hand to somebody near us.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • And after him Redwood dropped a goal, first from one side line, then from the other.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • It was in vain I struggled, and explained that Redwood was waiting for me.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • “We need not discuss this, Redwood,” said Mr Jarman, and walked away.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • I saw Redwood go to him and say something, pointing as he did so to the hand.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed


British Dictionary definitions for redwood

redwood

noun
  1. a giant coniferous tree, Sequoia sempervirens, of coastal regions of California, having reddish fibrous bark and durable timber: family Taxodiaceae . The largest specimen is over 120 metres (360 feet) tallSee also sequoia
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Word Origin and History for redwood
n.

1610s, "wood that has a red hue," from red (adj.1) + wood (n.). Of various types of New World trees that yield such wood, from 1716; specifically of the California Sequoia sempervirens from 1819. In Scottish English 16c.-18c. the same word as an adjective meant "completely deranged, raving, stark mad," from wood (adj.).

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