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white cedar

noun
1.
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.
2.
the wood of any of these trees.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for white-cedar

white cedar

noun
1.
a coniferous tree, Chamaecyparis thyoides, of swampy regions in North America, having scalelike leaves and boxlike cones: family Cupressaceae See also cypress1 (sense 2)
2.
the wood of this tree, which is used for building boats, etc
3.
a coniferous tree, Thuja occidentalis, of NE North America, having scalelike leaves: family Cupressaceae See also arbor vitae
4.
the wood of this tree, much used for telegraph poles
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