cedar

noun ce·dar \ ˈsē-dər \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of cedar

1 a :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

cedary

play \-dər-ē, -də-rē\ adjective

Examples of cedar in a Sentence

  1. a chair made of cedar

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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.

Origin and Etymology of cedar

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


Cedar

geographical name Ce·dar \ ˈsē-dər \

Definition of Cedar

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

CEDAR Defined for English Language Learners

cedar

noun

Definition of cedar for English Language Learners

  • : a very tall evergreen tree

  • : the hard, reddish, and pleasant-smelling wood of a cedar


CEDAR Defined for Kids

cedar

noun ce·dar \ ˈsē-dər \

Definition of cedar for Students

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


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