American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See redwood.
- n. Giant sequoia.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of coniferous trees, of the tribe Abietineæ and subtribe Taxodinæ. It is characterized by an oval cone, with persistent woody scales each bearing about five ovules, and dilated upward in fruit into a rhomboidal wrinkled and flattened slightly prickle-tip-ped apex. The flowers are monœcious, terminal or axillary on young shoots, with their scales spirally set. The small and involucrate staminate flower consists of an oblong column of united stamens, bearing crowded ovate connective scales, each with three to five anthers. The compressed seed bears a thick spongy margin, and contains four to six seed-leaves. There are but two species, both Californian, and ranking among the most remarkable of trees, growing straight, tall, and columnar, with short densely spreading branches, soft red wood, and very thick fibrous and spongy bark. They bear acute, compressed, and keeled decurrent narrow leaves, which are alternate and spirally inserted, or spread in two ranks on the younger branches. Their small cones ripen in the second year. For S. sempervirens, discovered by Menzies about 1794, see
redwood. The other species, S. gigantea, by some formerly separated as a genus, Washingtonia (Winslow, 1854), and the Wellingtonia of English gardens, is the mammoth tree or big tree of California. It is a less graceful tree, with shorter branches, pendulous branchlets, paler appressed leaves, its wood a duller red, with thin white sapwood, its bark near the ground 1 to 2 feet thick, and its cones much larger (2 or 3 inches long). It forms a series of forests in Tulare county, California, isolated groves extending 240 miles northward, and it has been recently (November, 1890) reported from southern Oregon. The tallest tree now known, one of the Calaveras grove, is 325 feet high; one known as the Grizzly Giant, in the Mariposa grove, is 93 feet in circumference at the ground; 1,200 rings were counted in a tree 11 feet in diameter. Both species were early classed under Taxodium (which see), their nearest American living relative; a closer ally, however, is Athrotaxis (Don, 1839), a genus of three Tasmanian trees distinguished by a cone with mucronate or umbonate scales; their other living relatives are a few distant and mostly monotypic genera of Japan and China. (Compare Taxodinæ.) A very large number of fossil species are known with certainty, showing that the genus was much more abundant in late Cretaceous and Tertiary time than at present.
- n. Sequoiadendron giganteum, a coniferous evergreen tree formerly in the genus Sequoia, now placed in Sequoiadendron.
- n. Sequoia sempervirens, a coniferous evergreen tree, the only living species of the genus Sequoia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of coniferous trees, consisting of two species, Sequoia Washingtoniana, syn. S. gigantea, the “big tree” of California, and S. sempervirens, the redwood, both of which attain an immense height.
- n. either of two huge coniferous California trees that reach a height of 300 feet; sometimes placed in the Taxodiaceae
- From the genus Sequoia. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Sequoia, genus name, after Sequoya. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He showed me simulated flythroughs of a giant sequoia forest and a forest of smaller trees created using data from the ECHIDNA on his computer.”
“Why not stick to protecting wild places and wild creatures -- like sea turtles and sequoia trees?”
“The General Sherman sequoia in Sequoia National Park is the largest tree in the country and the world with a score of 1,290.”
“Equally amazing was the ability of the sell-out audiences at the outdoor amphitheater in the celestial vault of the Parc du Château de Florans, a venue bordered by 365 plane trees and a sprinkling of sequoia redwoods, to accommodate and enjoy the extraordinary range of performances, often on two different programs per evening, from solo recitals of the most intimate nature to the great concertos with orchestra.”
“Equally amazing was the ability of the sell-out audiences at the outdoor amphitheater in the celestial vault of the Parc du ChÃ¢teau de Florans, a venue bordered by 365 plane trees and a sprinkling of sequoia redwoods, to accommodate and enjoy the extraordinary range of performances, often on two different programs per evening, from solo recitals of the most intimate nature to the great concertos with orchestra.”
“Richard had turned from O'Mare's records of his accounts to mull over a peculiarly fantastic sketch (mermaids, a sequoia forest, a flock of doves) that O'Mare had recently proposed for the bar wall of Maxies 'Club De Luxe, when the street door suddenly flew open and a strange character stepped in.”
“Instead he openly barked on the fast-growing sequoia of Stalinist dictatorship.”
“Most unsettling of all is a portrait by a colleague in which Muybridge hunches, scowling with paranoia, at the base of a patriarchal sequoia, apparently ready to wriggle into a cavity between its roots.”
“The views of granite cliffs, waterfalls and giant sequoia groves from high-elevation Tioga Pass are some of the most stunning in the country, and they're only accessible during the summer.”
“Tiare and jasmine shouted happy stories across continents, magnolias made mad love as their roots stretched deep into the wet fertile soil, while sequoia and kauri reached with their arms toward heaven.”
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