American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An evergreen, coniferous, eastern North American tree (Juniperus virginiana) having fleshy, purplish-black seed cones. Also called eastern red cedar.
- n. A tall, evergreen, Pacific North American tree (Thuja plicata) having flattened branches, scalelike opposite leaves, and small, ovoid seed-bearing cones. Also called western red cedar.
- n. The reddish, aromatic, durable wood of either of these trees.
- n. an evergreen tree of the juniper family having reddish wood and found in North America.
- n. an evergreen tree of the arbor vitae family with reddish wood, found in North America.
- n. an evergreen tree of the mahogany family with reddish wood, found in Australia.
- n. the wood of any of these trees.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) A tree of India and Australia (Cedrela Toona) having fragrant reddish wood; -- called also
toon treein India.
- n. small juniper found east of Rocky Mountains having a conic crown, brown bark that peels in shreds, and small sharp needles
- n. fragrant reddish wood of any of various red cedar trees
- n. large valuable arborvitae of northwestern United States
- n. tall tree of the Pacific coast of North America having foliage like cypress and cinnamon-red bark
“The white cedar, the hemlock, spruce, pine, and fir, are occasionally found; but the red cedar is scarce throughout this region, and none, perhaps, are to be seen but on islands of those lakes called by the Indians Red Cedar Lakes.”
“The thickets may be varied too by making some of them of evergreens altogether, our red cedar made to grow in a bush, evergreen privet, pyrocanthus, Kalmia, Scotch broom.”
“These streams, especially the Fraser and Skeena, are yearly ascended by immense shoals of salmon of the genus oncorhynchus, which are a great source of revenue, while the vast forests of the coast and southern interior, composed mostly of red cedar (thuya gigantea), fir”
“Who beachcombed my three rudders, the one toilfully adzed out in one piece from the beautiful heart of a bean-tree log, another cunningly fitted with a sliding fin, and that of red cedar with famous brass mountings?”
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