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

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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

New Latin

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