cedar

noun
ce·dar | \ˈsē-dər \

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 \

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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Other Words from cedar

Noun

cedary \-dər-ē, -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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Accordingly, both trees and woodwork play a starring role in its design: A 700-pound cedar pocket door separates the office from the main living area and is textured to look like birch trees. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Shoe Executive’s Long-Distance Run to His Oregon Abode," 11 July 2018 As for the rooftop park, designed by Berkeley’s PWP Landscape Architecture, the trees already have a forest-like feel, such as the grove of redwoods interspersed with cedars above Fremont Street. John King, SFChronicle.com, "S.F.’s long-awaited Salesforce Transit Center sets opening date for Aug. 12," 10 July 2018 And there is the hill, surrounded by quiet little glacial lakes lined with cedars and oxeye daisies. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 July 2018 Luthiers have carved violins from local cedar for centuries. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, "Jesuit Legacy in the Bolivian Jungle: A Love of Baroque Music," 8 May 2018 Choose a naturally rot-resistant wood such as cedar or locust, or use pine treated with a nontoxic preservative. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Container Gardening," 1 June 2017 Wildwood Grill Master Collection Planks and Smoking Chips ($25) Different woods—like the hickory, cherry, maple, cedar, and alder in this set—bring out different flavors. Bryan Rogala, Outside Online, "10 Products That Will Turn You Into a Grill Master," 13 July 2018 The three-story cedar, stone and shingle house was custom-built in 2008 by the original owners. Karin Tanabe, Washington Post, "At home with ‘The Real Housewives of Potomac’," 21 June 2018 This treehouse designed by Antony Gibbon skews simple and modern, with an angular frame and classic cedar siding. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern treehouse on stilts is the ultimate nature getaway," 27 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of cedar

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

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