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white cedar

any of several chiefly coniferous trees valued for their wood, especially Chamaecyparis thyoides, of the eastern U.S., or Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar) of northeastern North America.
the wood of any of these trees.
Origin of white cedar
1665-75, Americanism Unabridged
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Examples from the web for white cedar
  • Now you need to look closely at your tree and decide whether you have a northern white cedar or a red cedar.
  • Surface dried redwood, red cedar, white cedar or cypress may be used untreated.
  • The forests are heavy in beech and maple, but also have impressive stands of champion size, uncut northern white cedar.
  • Northern white cedar can be a subdominant species in stands within and north of the vegetation tension zone.
British Dictionary definitions for white cedar

white cedar

a coniferous tree, Chamaecyparis thyoides, of swampy regions in North America, having scalelike leaves and boxlike cones: family Cupressaceae See also cypress1 (sense 2)
the wood of this tree, which is used for building boats, etc
a coniferous tree, Thuja occidentalis, of NE North America, having scalelike leaves: family Cupressaceae See also arbor vitae
the wood of this tree, much used for telegraph poles
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