dawn redwood

noun

: a metasequoia (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) of China resembling the coast redwood but having deciduous foliage

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web During a warm period from about 55 million to 14 million years ago, Metasequoia — dawn redwood — trees grew in Canada’s high arctic. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Jan. 2022 Two of the finest conifers — the dawn redwood and the bald cypress — lose their needles in winter. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 The needles of the deciduous conifer dawn redwood bring rarely seen, almost coral pink tones to the fall foliage party. oregonlive, 6 Nov. 2020 Snyder noted that trees planted so far include dawn redwood, sugar maple, horse chestnut, redbud, crabapple and tupelo. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 25 May 2020 The tour passes by some living fossils — a Wollemi pine from Australia and a dawn redwood, which is an example of a tree that was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1941. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, 2 May 2020 But there’s an even older species—a living fossil dating back to the Miocene (23 to 5 million years ago) that is Oregon’s official state fossil: dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides). Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 11 Feb. 2020 Above: Britain’s Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, featuring dawn redwoods and swamp cypress. National Geographic, 29 Jan. 2020 Other unusual trees included a large weeping European beech, with a sort of natural room under its down-curving branches, and a huge dawn redwood, originally native to China, near the Schaible Science Center. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, 17 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dawn redwood was in 1948

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“Dawn redwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dawn%20redwood. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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