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northern white cedar

See under white cedar (def 1).

white cedar

any of several chiefly coniferous trees valued for their wood, especially Chamaecyparis thyoides, of the eastern U.S., or Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar) of northeastern North America.
the wood of any of these trees.
1665-75, Americanism Unabridged
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  • Now you need to look closely at your tree and decide whether you have a northern white cedar or a red cedar.
  • The forests are heavy in beech and maple, but also have impressive stands of champion size, uncut northern white cedar.
  • northern white cedar can be a subdominant species in stands within and north of the vegetation tension zone.
  • Extensive swamps of northern white cedar occurred near the margins of the lake plain.
  • Only the leave s of northern white cedar can sustain de in winter without causing serious weight loss.
  • northern white cedar will form an abscission layer at the base of small twigs, and will shed entire twigs.
British Dictionary definitions for northern white cedar

white cedar

a coniferous tree, Chamaecyparis thyoides, of swampy regions in North America, having scalelike leaves and boxlike cones: family Cupressaceae See also cypress1 (sense 2)
the wood of this tree, which is used for building boats, etc
a coniferous tree, Thuja occidentalis, of NE North America, having scalelike leaves: family Cupressaceae See also arbor vitae
the wood of this tree, much used for telegraph poles
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eastern arborvitae

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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