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redwood2

[red-woo d] /ˈrɛdˌwʊd/
adjective, Scot.
1.
raving mad; insane.
2.
distracted with anger; furious.
Also, redwud.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; red1 + wood2
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British Dictionary definitions for redwud

redwood

/ˈrɛdˌwʊd/
noun
1.
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 redwud

redwood

n.

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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