|1.||See also cypress a coniferous tree, Chamaecyparis thyoides, of swampy regions in North America, having scalelike leaves and boxlike cones: family Cupressaceae|
|2.||the wood of this tree, which is used for building boats, etc|
|3.||See also arbor vitae a coniferous tree, Thuja occidentalis, of NE North America, having scalelike leaves: family Cupressaceae|
|4.||the wood of this tree, much used for telegraph poles|
northern white cedar
ornamental and timber evergreen conifer of the cypress family (Cupressaceae), native to eastern North America. In the lumber trade it is called, among other names, white cedar, eastern white cedar, and New Brunswick cedar.
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