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

  • n. A cone-bearing Chinese tree (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) related to the redwood, having deciduous, flat, opposite leaves and small, globular cones. It is now commonly cultivated in the United States.

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  • n. large fast-growing Chinese monoecious tree having flat bright-green deciduous leaves and small globular cones; commonly cultivated in United States as an ornamental; known as a fossil before being discovered in China


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