Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A very tall, evergreen coniferous tree (Sequoia sempervirens) native to the coastal ranges of southern Oregon and central and northern California, having thick bark, leaves that are needlelike or scalelike, and small cones.
  • noun The soft reddish decay-resistant wood of this tree.
  • noun Either of two similar trees, the giant sequoia or the dawn redwood.
  • noun Any of various woods having a reddish color or yielding a red dye.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The most valuable of Californian timber-trees, Sequoia sempervirens, or its wood.
  • noun The name is also applied to various other trees.
  • Stark mad.
  • noun The chittagong-wood, Chukrasia tabularis.
  • noun Guilandina crista; and
  • noun Baryxylum Linnæi (Peltophorum Linnæi of Bentham).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A gigantic coniferous tree (Sequoia sempervirens) of California, and its light and durable reddish timber. See sequoia.
  • noun An East Indian dyewood, obtained from Pterocarpus santalinus, Cæsalpinia Sappan, and several other trees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable, uncountable the USDA-preferred term for the species Sequoia sempervirens.
  • noun countable any of the evergreen conifers belonging to the genus Sequoia in the wide sense.
  • noun uncountable the wood of the species Sequoia sempervirens.
  • noun uncountable, UK, obsolete the wood of the species Pinus sylvestris
  • adjective Pertaining to any of the evergreen conifers belonging to the genus Sequoia in the wide sense
  • adjective Pertaining to the wood of the species Sequoia sempervirens.

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

  • noun either of two huge coniferous California trees that reach a height of 300 feet; sometimes placed in the Taxodiaceae
  • noun the soft reddish wood of either of two species of sequoia trees

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

red +‎ wood

Examples

  • The broadest recorded coast redwood is 20 feet in diameter.

    A Walk In Muir Woods

  • The broadest recorded coast redwood is 20 feet in diameter.

    September 2007

  • The Sequoia sempervirens, which is commonly called redwood, is distributed along the Coast Range, the trees thriving only when they are constantly swept by the sea fogs.

    History of California

  • In fact, there’s a forest full of them called the redwood forest.

    Sincerely

  • In fact, there’s a forest full of them called the redwood forest.

    Sincerely

  • I think cutting down a redwood is the moral equivilant of murdering a human being. previous - next

    nessus Diary Entry

  • My house is going on 160 years old, built entirely of redwood, which is largely the reason it's still here in termite-land.

    Mandolin Cafe News

  • Perched in the upper branches of the redwood were the four remaining tree-sitters who had taken to the branches in an ultimately doomed effort to save the impressive collection of Coastal Live Oaks and other trees marked for destruction by the university.

    The Berkeley Daily Planet, The East Bay's Independent Newspaper

  • Perched in the upper branches of the redwood were the four remaining tree-sitters who had taken to the branches in an ultimately doomed effort to save the impressive collection of Coastal Live Oaks and other trees marked for destruction by the university.

    The Berkeley Daily Planet, The East Bay's Independent Newspaper

  • Before ten o'clock the adobe wall of the patio was warm enough to permit lingering vacqueros and idle peons to lean against it, and the exposed annexe was filled with sharp, resinous odors from the oozing sap of unseasoned "redwood" boards, warped and drying in the hot sunshine.

    Susy, a story of the Plains

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