Alaska cedar

noun
variants: or less commonly Alaska yellow cedar or Alaska cypress

Definition of Alaska cedar

1 :a tall, slow-growing evergreen tree (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis synonym Xanthocyparis nootkatensis synonym Cupressus nootkatensis) of the Pacific coast of North America that has reddish to grayish-brown bark and scalelike leaves and is often cultivated for ornament
2 :the hard, durable, yellowish wood of the Alaska cedar called also Nootka cypress, sitka cypress, yellow cedar

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

First Known Use of alaska cedar

1874


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to buzz or drone

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!