giant sequoia


Definition of giant sequoia

: an evergreen tree (Sequoiadendron giganteum) of the bald cypress family that grows on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and sometimes exceeds 270 feet (about 82 meters) in height

called also big tree, sequoia

— see cone illustration

Examples of giant sequoia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dams crested, century-old giant sequoia trees toppled, and a stretch of the Central Coast was cut off from the rest of the state. Susie Cagle, Wired, 12 Apr. 2022 The giant sequoia are found only in California, primarily on the western slopes of the southern Sierra. Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2021 The giant sequoia is estimated to be around 2,200 years old. NBC News, 18 Dec. 2021 For Valentina Slobodenyuk, what was left behind was a view of the sea that had been blocked by the giant sequoia and ginkgo biloba that Mr. Ivanishvili took away for his park. New York Times, 17 Jan. 2022 Located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, this 750,000-acre national park is land is known for its giant sequoia trees, waterfalls and granite cliffs. Laura Begley Bloom, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 This is Alder Creek Grove, a once idyllic environment for a majestic and massive specimen: the giant sequoia. Scientific American, 15 Dec. 2021 The giant sequoia is 275 feet tall, more than 2,000 years old, and the world's largest tree by volume. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 19 Sep. 2021 The Paradise Fire to the south, meanwhile, was exploding in all directions, and though farther from the coveted giant sequoia stands, posed a similar threat. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of giant sequoia

1860, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of giant sequoia

: an evergreen tree of California that has needles for leaves and can sometimes grow to over 270 feet (about 82 meters) in height

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