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incense cedar

any of several coniferous trees of the genus Libocedrus (or Calocedrus), especially L. decurrens, of the western U.S., growing to a height of 150 feet (50 meters).
the aromatic, close-grained wood of this tree, used to make pencils, chests, closet linings, etc.
Origin of incense cedar
1865-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This follows closely the range of the incense cedar, though in some places it is found as high as 8700 feet.

    The Lake of the Sky George Wharton James
  • The incense cedar is the only representative of its genus in the United States.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The wood of the incense cedar is serviceable for many purposes.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The latter fungus is the same or is closely related to that which tunnels the trunk of incense cedar and produces pecky cypress.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The manufacture of posts from incense cedar has entailed an enormous waste of timber.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Approximately one-half of the incense cedar trees, as they stand in the woods, are defective.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Its best development is on the Sierra Nevada mountains, where swamps are few, and the incense cedar avoids them.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The incense cedar (Libocedius decurrens) is one of the valued trees of the California coast and mountains.

  • incense cedar, for example, seems to become infested after it reaches maturity at an age of about 150 years.

    Our National Forests Richard H. Douai Boerker
  • The incense cedar, while much subject to fungus trouble, is also prized.

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