- sequoia national park,
Origin of sequoia
Examples from the Web for sequoia
Parker was angry at Sequoia's Michael Moritz for having helped eject him from his previous company Plaxo.
Unsurprisingly, Sequoia believes we are at the brink of a serious recession.
Sequoia minces no words in its tough love message for managers.
In 1875, Mr. Muir spent some weeks in the Sequoia forests, learning what he could of the life and death of the giant trees.
Well, it isn't necessary, although it's good form in a small town like Sequoia, where everybody knows everybody else.The Valley of the Giants|Peter B. Kyne
About a mile from the north end of the flat there is a grove of Sequoia gigantea, the king of all the conifers.My First Summer in the Sierra|John Muir
The General Grant Park has a sequoia that is thirty-five feet in diameter.
The sequoia is one of the monumental wonders of this round world.
Word Origin for sequoia
large American coniferous tree, 1857, from Modern Latin tree genus name given 1847 by Austrian botanist Stephan Endlicher (1804-1849), originally to a different tree, the coast redwood, apparently in honor of Sequoya (a.k.a. George Guess, 1760-1843), Cherokee man who invented a system of writing for his people's language, whose name is from Cherokee (Iroquoian) Sikwayi, a word of unknown etymology.
Endlicher was a specialist in conifers, and he also was a philologist. But he never gave an etymology of this name and a search of his papers discovered no mention of Sequoya or the Cherokee writing system, and the connection is an assumption that some botanists have challenged, though no better candidate for a source has yet been found.
The giant sequoia was unseen by Europeans until 1833 and unknown to scientists until 1852. In May 1855, a pair of American botanists named it Taxodium giganteum, but that name was deemed inappropriate for several scientific reasons. Meanwhile, English botanist John Lindley, who had never been to California, in 1853 named it Wellingtonia in honor of the Duke of Wellington. "As high as Wellington towers above his contemporaries, as high towers this California tree above the forest surrounding it. Therefore, it shall bear for all time to come the name Wellingtonia gigantea." This sat poorly with the Americans, and much ink was spilled until a French botanist provided the solution by transferring Endlicher's name. In Britain still popularly called Wellingtonia.