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cedar

[see-der] /ˈsi dər/
noun
1.
any of several Old World, coniferous trees of the genus Cedrus, having wide, spreading branches.
2.
any of various junipers, as the red cedar, Juniperus virginiana, of the cypress family, having reddish-brown bark and dark-blue, berrylike fruit.
3.
any of various other coniferous trees.
4.
any of several trees belonging to the genus Cedrela, of the mahogany family, as the Spanish cedar.
5.
Also called cedarwood. the fragrant wood of any of these trees, used in furniture and as a moth repellent.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English cedir, Old English ceder < Latin cedrus < Greek kédros; replacing Middle English cedre < Old French < Latin, as above
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Examples from the web for cedar
  • On a nearby tree a flock of cedar waxwings pecked at the shiny crab apples.
  • There is no fir tree so small it does not expect to become a cedar.
  • cedar trees have begun making toxins to protect themselves from being eaten by deer now roaming in their formerly benign habitats.
  • The cozy, cedar-lined, two-story house is temporary.
  • The campers' happy shrieks echoed in the cedar trees.
  • The heat from the fires, the cedar smoke and the rhythms and chants seem to transport visitors to another time and place.
  • It is envisioned as a complex of richly painted and gilded courts, constructed with cedar, fir and sandalwood.
  • The builders would have leveled the floor and sunk four juniper or cedar posts into a squarish frame near the center of the pit.
  • Each of us was handed a cedar stick to touch to aching body parts, in the belief that the pain would transfer to the wood.
  • Starved of water by upstream diversions, heavy with silt, it braids through jungles of salt cedar.
British Dictionary definitions for cedar

cedar

/ˈsiːdə/
noun
1.
any Old World coniferous tree of the genus Cedrus, having spreading branches, needle-like evergreen leaves, and erect barrel-shaped cones: family Pinaceae See also cedar of Lebanon, deodar
2.
any of various other conifers, such as the red cedars and white cedars
3.
the wood of any of these trees
4.
any of certain other plants, such as the Spanish cedar
adjective
5.
made of the wood of a cedar tree
Word Origin
C13: from Old French cedre, from Latin cedrus, from Greek kedros
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Word Origin and History for cedar
n.

Old English ceder, blended in Middle English with Old French cedre, both from Latin cedrus, from Greek kedros "cedar, juniper," origin uncertain. Cedar oil was used by the Egyptians in embalming as a preservative against decay and the word for it was used figuratively for "immortality" by the Romans. Cedar chest attested from 1722. Related: Cedrine.

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cedar in Technology

A superset of Mesa, from Xerox PARC, adding garbage collection, dynamic types and a universal pointer type (REF ANY). Cedar is a large complex language designed for custom Xerox hardware and the Cedar operating system/environment. Data types are atoms, lists, ropes ("industrial strength" strings), conditions. Multi-processing features include threads, monitors, signals and catch phrases. It was used to develop the Cedar integrated programming environment.
["A Description of the Cedar Language", Butler Lampson, Xerox PARC, CSL-83-15 (Dec 1983)].
["The Structure of Cedar", D. Swinehart et al, SIGPLAN Notices 20(7):230-244 (July 1985)].
(1995-01-26)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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cedar in the Bible

(Heb. e'rez, Gr. kedros, Lat. cedrus), a tree very frequently mentioned in Scripture. It was stately (Ezek. 31:3-5), long-branched (Ps. 80:10; 92:12; Ezek. 31:6-9), odoriferous (Cant. 4:11; Hos. 14:6), durable, and therefore much used for boards, pillars, and ceilings (1 Kings 6:9, 10; 7:2; Jer. 22:14), for masts (Ezek. 27:5), and for carved images (Isa. 44:14). It grew very abundantly in Palestine, and particularly on Lebanon, of which it was "the glory" (Isa. 35:2; 60:13). Hiram supplied Solomon with cedar trees from Lebanon for various purposes connected with the construction of the temple and the king's palace (2 Sam. 5:11; 7:2, 7; 1 Kings 5:6, 8,10; 6:9, 10, 15, 16, 18, 20; 7:2, 3, 7, 11, 12; 9:11, etc.). Cedars were used also in the building of the second temple under Zerubbabel (Ezra 3:7). Of the ancient cedars of Lebanon there remain now only some seven or eight. They are not standing together. But beside them there are found between three hundred and four hundred of younger growth. They stand in an amphitheatre fronting the west, about 6,400 feet above the level of the sea. The cedar is often figuratively alluded to in the sacred Scriptures. "The mighty conquerors of olden days, the despots of Assyria and the Pharaohs of Egypt, the proud and idolatrous monarchs of Judah, the Hebrew commonwealth itself, the war-like Ammonites of patriarchal times, and the moral majesty of the Messianic age, are all compared to the towering cedar, in its royal loftiness and supremacy (Isa. 2:13; Ezek. 17:3, 22, 23, 31:3-9; Amos 2:9; Zech. 11:1, 2; Job 40:17; Ps. 29:5; 80:10; 92:12, etc).", Groser's Scrip. Nat. Hist. (See BOX-TREE ØT0000636.)

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