white cedar

5 ENTRIES FOUND:

white cedar

noun

Definition of WHITE CEDAR

1
:  an aromatic evergreen swamp tree (Chamaecyparis thyoides) of the cypress family that occurs along the eastern coast of the United States and has branchlets in fan-shaped sprays and small round cones; also :  its wood

First Known Use of WHITE CEDAR

circa 1671

white cedar

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In the lumber trade, the American arborvitae, some species of false cypress (genus Chamaecyparis) and McNab cypress, incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens), and California juniper, all in the cypress family. Nonconiferous trees that are called white cedar include the chinaberry (Melia azedarach, mahogany family) and some members of the plant families Bignoniaceae (trumpet creepers), Celastraceae (staff trees), Myristicaceae (nutmegs), Burseraceae, and Dipterocarpaceae. Botanically, white cedar is Chamaecyparis thyoides, a picturesque tree with purple cones, native to North America and East Asia. The wood is used for carpentry, pencils, storage chests, interiors, and fence posts.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: white cell
Previous Word in the Dictionary: white cat
All Words Near: white cedar

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up white cedar? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More