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[red-woo d] /ˈrɛdˌwʊd/
a coniferous tree, Sequoia sempervirens, of California, noted for its great height, sometimes reaching to more than 350 feet (107 meters): the state tree of California.
its valuable brownish-red timber.
a red-colored wood.
any of various trees yielding a reddish wood.
any tree whose wood produces a red dyestuff.
Origin of redwood1
1610-20; red1 + wood1


[red-woo d] /ˈrɛdˌwʊd/
adjective, Scot.
raving mad; insane.
distracted with anger; furious.
Also, redwud.
1550-60; red1 + wood2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for redwood
  • They range from the use of recycled redwood to the four atriums that allow for natural heating and cooling.
  • It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl.
  • Tucked away off the main highway is a beautiful redwood valley.
  • Two upper patio areas are defined by a redwood deck and granite pavers surrounded by medium-size polished stone.
  • The reclaimed redwood canopy here was designed to mimic the wood rafters in the house.
  • We used redwood for the frames, which was protected with a water-based sealer prior to attaching the panels.
  • Clay plaster on two walls adds a delicate contrast to concrete and redwood elements.
  • Two major parks showcase the redwood forests, where you find the world's tallest trees.
  • The interior features redwood forests and a few lakes.
  • No two rooms have the same decor or layout, and all have views of either the inn's gardens or the redwood forest on the grounds.
British Dictionary definitions for redwood


a giant coniferous tree, Sequoia sempervirens, of coastal regions of California, having reddish fibrous bark and durable timber: family Taxodiaceae. The largest specimen is over 120 metres (360 feet) tall See also sequoia
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Word Origin and History for redwood

1610s, "wood that has a red hue," from red (adj.1) + wood (n.). Of various types of New World trees that yield such wood, from 1716; specifically of the California Sequoia sempervirens from 1819. In Scottish English 16c.-18c. the same word as an adjective meant "completely deranged, raving, stark mad," from wood (adj.).

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