sequoia

sequoia

[si-kwoi-uh]
noun
either of two large coniferous trees of California, Sequoiadendron giganteum or Sequoia sempervirens, both having reddish bark and reaching heights of more than 300 feet (91 meters).

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism; named after Sequoya

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sequoia (sɪˈkwɔɪə)
 
n
either of two giant Californian coniferous trees, Sequoia sempervirens (redwood) or Sequoiadendron giganteum (formerly Sequoia gigantea) (big tree or giant sequoia): family Taxodiaceae
 
[C19: New Latin, named after Sequoya, known also as George Guess, (?1770--1843), American Indian scholar and leader]

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sequoia
large American coniferous tree, 1866, from Mod.L., tree genus name given by Endlicher (1847), in honor of Sequoya (1760-1843), Cherokee man who invented a system of writing for his people's language, whose name is from Cherokee (Iroquoian) Sikwayi, a word of unknown etymology. Popularly also called Wellingtonia,
the name given by Lindley (1853).
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