Japanese cedar


: a large Chinese and Japanese evergreen tree (Cryptomeria japonica) of the cypress family grown as an ornamental and for its valuable soft wood

Examples of Japanese cedar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cabins, available in standard and suite configurations, sit on the northern side of the 20-acre property and offer a decidedly more residential feel with lounge areas, skylights for stargazing, private patios, marble bathroom sinks and showers, and outdoor Japanese cedar tubs. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 23 Oct. 2023 Human activities, including agriculture and the commercial planting of non-native Japanese cedars used for buildings and boats, also led to the destruction of the bird’s natural habitat—a subtropical laurel forest. Anne Pinto-Rodrigues, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Sep. 2023 Forests of Japanese cedar canopy the zig-zagging roads, sometimes beside paths bordered by Azorean blueberries and small orchids. Jeanine Barone, CNN, 26 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Japanese cedar was circa 1880

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“Japanese cedar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Japanese%20cedar. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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