metasequoia

metasequoia

[met-uh-si-kwoi-uh]
noun
a tall deciduous coniferous tree, Metasequoia glyptostrobodes, first known as a fossil and then discovered alive in China.
Also called dawn redwood.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1941), the genus name; see meta-, sequoia

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metasequoia

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large fast-growing Chinese monoecious tree having flat bright-green deciduous leaves and small globular cones; commonly cultivated in United States as an ornamental; known as a fossil before being discovered in China 
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