red cedar

noun
1.
Also called eastern red cedar, savin. an American, coniferous tree, Juniperus virginiana, yielding a fragrant, reddish wood used for making lead pencils, etc.
2.
the western red cedar, Thuja plicata.
3.
the wood of these trees.

Origin:
1675–85, Americanism

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red cedar
 
n
1.  any of several North American coniferous trees, esp Juniperus virginiana, a juniper that has fragrant reddish wood used for making pencils, and Thuja plicata, an arbor vitae
2.  the wood of any of these trees

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red cedar

common name for many evergreen trees of the cypress family (Cupressaceae), especially western red cedar (Thuja plicata), also known as giant arborvitae, and eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana).

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Example sentences
Now you need to look closely at your tree and decide whether you have a northern white cedar or a red cedar.
Our birdhouses are specially designed to attract small birds and are constructed of western red cedar.
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