an arborvitae, Thuja plicata, of western North America, grown as an ornamental.
the soft, fragrant, reddish wood of this tree, used in the construction of houses, in shipbuilding, for making boxes, etc.
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How to use western red cedar in a sentence
The western red cedar has a shorter and more tapering trunk and its volume in board feet is proportionally smaller.
The western red cedar (title page and fig. 5) ranges from south-eastern Alaska to northern California.
The western red cedar makes excellent posts and rails for farm fences.
Unlike that of the western red cedar, the trunk is usually sound to the center.
It resembles that of the common western red cedar, but the leaves are sharper, more pointed, and rougher to handle.
British Dictionary definitions for western red cedar
a large North American arbor vitae, Thuja plicata, found along and near the Pacific coast
the wood of this tree, used by North American Indians for building and for carving totem poles
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