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western red cedar

noun
1.
an arborvitae, Thuja plicata, of western North America, grown as an ornamental.
2.
the soft, fragrant, reddish wood of this tree, used in the construction of houses, in shipbuilding, for making boxes, etc.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for western red cedar

western red cedar

noun
1.
a large North American arbor vitae, Thuja plicata, found along and near the Pacific coast
2.
the wood of this tree, used by North American Indians for building and for carving totem poles
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Encyclopedia Article for western red cedar

giant arborvitae

an ornamental and timber evergreen conifer of the cypress family (Cupressaceae), native to the Pacific Coast of North America. Common lumber trade names for this species are western red cedar and British Columbia red cedar.

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