Alaska cedar

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

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First Known Use of Alaska cedar

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Alaska cedar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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