from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See giant sequoia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. extremely lofty evergreen of southern end of western foothills of Sierra Nevada in California; largest living organism


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  • They said all right, but before they left they sent one of the grandsons to climb a big tree in the barnyard, where he tied the demijohn sixty feet from the ground.


  • 'Elon without a doubt means a big tree and very likely the turpentine tree, or terebinth, rather than the oak.

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  • This was one of the planted forests of Germany, where a sapling is put in when a big tree is taken out, to conserve the timber supply.

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  • This was not the path through the town-gate, but the one which led over a hill or rampart to the Cave of the Nativity from the place where Mary had waited under a big tree on arriving at

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  • Within two hours the hog — killed, scalded, and scraped of its hair — was hanging pale from a big tree limb by a gambrel stick run through the tendons of its hind feet.

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  • They laugh at our four big tree trunks and birchbark siding, but we didn't blow away, did we?

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  • The archaeologist Tim Darvill has woven a kind of creation myth in which the big tree would have given the place significance, and might have been the first landmark at the place we now call Stonehenge or, at least, its car park at a time when hunter-gatherers wandered the land.


  • Glinda the Sorceress then stepped upon the platform, and by her magic made a big tree grow in the middle of the space, made blossoms appear upon the tree, and made the blossoms become delicious fruit called tamornas, and so great was the quantity of fruit produced that when the servants climbed the tree and tossed it down to the crowd, there was enough to satisfy every person present.

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  • "Aunt" Jemima -- Aunt Mimy -- into a nervous fit, I would climb up the big tree in the yard, and stand on my head on a limb.

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  • Then all of the animals sat in the shade of the big tree and happily feasted on the delicious fruit together.

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