meta·​se·​quoia | \ ˌme-tə-si-ˈkwȯi-ə How to pronounce metasequoia (audio) \

Definition of metasequoia

: any of a genus (Metasequoia) of deciduous coniferous trees of the bald cypress family comprising one extant and various fossil forms having leaves, buds, and branches arranged oppositely and flat leaves resembling needles

Examples of metasequoia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Imagine a landscape where redwood-like metasequoias towered over the hills; slim alder-like trees, ginkgos and vines dwelled at the forest margins; and lush ferns, cycads and horsetails packed the swamps. Kate Siber, Alaska Dispatch News, "When dinosaurs ruled Alaska," 19 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of metasequoia

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metasequoia

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“Metasequoia.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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