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- n. A large coniferous tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum from California.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A name given to the “big trees” (Sequoia gigantea) of California, and still used in England. See sequoia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name much used in Eng land for the big trees of California, which has given way to the earlier name Sequoia under the rule of priority. See Sequoia (with cut).
From the original scientific name, Wellingtonia gigantea, which was invalid because "Wellingtonia" had already been used for another plant. Probably named for the Duke of Wellington, who died the year before. (Wiktionary)