cedar

noun
ce·​dar | \ ˈsē-dər How to pronounce cedar (audio) \

Definition of cedar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : any of a genus (Cedrus) of usually tall coniferous trees (such as the cedar of Lebanon or the deodar) of the pine family noted for their fragrant durable wood
b : any of numerous coniferous trees (as of the genera Juniperus, Chamaecyparis, or Thuja of the cypress family) that resemble the true cedars especially in the fragrance and durability of their wood
2 : the wood of a cedar

Cedar

geographical name
Ce·​dar | \ ˈsē-dər How to pronounce Cedar (audio) \

Definition of Cedar (Entry 2 of 2)

river 329 miles (529 kilometers) long in southeastern Minnesota and eastern Iowa flowing southeast into the Iowa River

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Noun

cedary \ ˈsē-​dər-​ē How to pronounce cedary (audio) , -​də-​rē \ adjective

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A tall ornamental and timber evergreen coniferous tree, cedar is one of the pine family. There are four species of "true" cedars — the Atlas cedar, the Cyprus cedar, the deodar, and the cedar of Lebanon. Cedarwood is light, soft, resinous, and durable, even when in contact with soil or moisture. Many other conifers called cedars resemble true cedars in that they are evergreen and have aromatic, often red or red-tinged wood that, in many cases, is decay-resistant and insect-repellent. The giant arborvitae, incense cedar, and some junipers (red cedar) provide the familiar "cedarwood" of pencils, chests, closet linings, and fence posts.

Examples of cedar in a Sentence

Noun

a chair made of cedar

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Then came the decades of dense, cedar overgrowth that blotted the historic schoolhouse from the world. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Restoration of historic schoolhouse near San Antonio under way," 22 June 2019 Many of the trees — which included red oaks, cedar elms, cottonwoods and pecan trees — were thicker and more mature than their prospective replacements. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Dallas officials estimate the city's parks lost more than 600 trees in storm," 19 June 2019 Tucked into a secluded canyon, the 157-acre Auberge Resort property was designed to look like a vintner’s estate—think an upscale mountain lodge with spacious cedar shingle cabins nestled in a California forest. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Eat and Drink in Napa Valley," 9 Jan. 2019 The only problem, other than the thing’s sheer unsightliness, was that it was made from red cedar, which produces cedar dust, to which many people are highly allergic. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics: The Cruel Sovereignty of Politics," 28 Dec. 2018 Other perks include a cedar hot tub, private deck, and fire pit. Megan Barber, Curbed, "7 serene lake houses you can rent right now," 14 June 2019 Baby Doe had played among the pines and oaks of New England; she was dusted with traces of privet hedges and cedar-of-Lebanon, which are not native but are often planted in the suburbs. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Forensic pollen scientists are helping the US track opioids," 6 June 2019 The Jemez are mostly pine trees, not pinyons or cedars, and within the pine forest are ponderosa pines, which grow straight as an arrow, often have diameters of over three feet, and tower far into the sky. Danny Lyon, The New York Review of Books, "Danny Lyon," 31 May 2019 The most common types of decking are pine and cedar, and on the West Coast, even redwood. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Staining a Deck," 1 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of cedar

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cedar

Noun

Middle English cedre, from Anglo-French, from Latin cedrus, from Greek kedros

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cedar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cedar

: a very tall evergreen tree
: the hard, reddish, and pleasant-smelling wood of a cedar

cedar

noun
ce·​dar | \ ˈsē-dər How to pronounce cedar (audio) \

Kids Definition of cedar

: a tree having cones and a strong wood with a pleasant smell

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