Definitions

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

  • n. See redwood.
  • n. Giant sequoia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of coniferous trees, of the tribe Abietineæ and subtribe Taxodinæ.

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

  • n. either of two huge coniferous California trees that reach a height of 300 feet; sometimes placed in the Taxodiaceae

Etymologies

New Latin Sequoia, genus name, after Sequoya.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus Sequoia. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Zoe P. Strassfield: Mapping the Forest and the Trees: A Visit With Remote Sensing Expert Alan Strahler

  • Why not stick to protecting wild places and wild creatures -- like sea turtles and sequoia trees?

    Michael Brune: Why Do Sea Turtles Need Solar Panels?

  • The General Sherman sequoia in Sequoia National Park is the largest tree in the country and the world with a score of 1,290.

    Hunters have unusual aim: Big trees

  • 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.

    Laurence Vittes: Pianists Are Lords of the Ring in La Roque d'Anthéron's Festival 2011

  • 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.

    Laurence Vittes: Pianists Are Lords of the Ring in La Roque d'Anthéron's Festival 2011

  • 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.

    The Secret Animal

  • Instead he openly barked on the fast-growing sequoia of Stalinist dictatorship.

    Pavel Somov, Ph.D.: Pavlovian Sleight-of-Words

  • 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.

    Eadweard Muybridge: pioneer photographer

  • 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.

    Scenic Summer Drives

  • 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.

    Time to Rest

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  • Eutopia is shown as obsolete. Sequoia is the shortest common word to contain all vowels according to Will Shortz (intro to "Wordplay: A curious dictionary of language oddities" by Chris Cole).

    May 17, 2008

  • How about "eutopia?"

    October 3, 2007

  • Shortest word that uses all 5 vowels.

    December 10, 2006