American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several coniferous evergreen trees of the genera Calocedrus and Libocedrus, having flattened branches with scalelike leaves.
- n. any of several attractive trees of southwestern South America and New Zealand and New Caledonia having glossy evergreen leaves and scented wood
- n. tall tree of the Pacific coast of North America having foliage like cypress and cinnamon-red bark
“It is the incense cedar that infuses pencils with the nutty aroma I remember as I opened my pencil-box.”
“The fine-grained, slow-grown mother of all pencils is incense cedar from the forests of Oregon, where a single tree may grow 140 feet high, with a trunk five feet across, enough cedar wood to make 150,000 pencils.”
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