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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The road twined through a wood of over-arching beeches and maples, interspersed with the white-cedar and fir.

    Letters of a Traveller William Cullen Bryant
  • For long he staggered under his heavy pack through thickets of scrub oak, white-cedar swamps, and tangles of greenthorn.

    Wild Folk Samuel Scoville
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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