- any of several chiefly coniferous trees valued for their wood, especially Chamaecyparis thyoides, of the eastern U.S., or Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar), of northeastern North America.
- the wood of any of these trees.
Origin of white cedar
An Americanism dating back to 1665–75
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- a coniferous tree, Chamaecyparis thyoides, of swampy regions in North America, having scalelike leaves and boxlike cones: family CupressaceaeSee also cypress 1 (def. 2)
- the wood of this tree, which is used for building boats, etc
- a coniferous tree, Thuja occidentalis, of NE North America, having scalelike leaves: family CupressaceaeSee also arbor vitae
- the wood of this tree, much used for telegraph poles
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