redwud

redwood

2 [red-wood]
adjective Scot.
1.
raving mad; insane.
2.
distracted with anger; furious.
Also, redwud.


Origin:
1550–60; red1 + wood2

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redwood (ˈrɛdˌwʊd)
 
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See also sequoia 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

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redwood
1619, "wood that has a red hue," from red (1) + wood (q.v.). Of various types of New World trees that yield such wood, from 1716; specifically of the California Sequoia sempervirens from 1819.
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