red cedar

noun

Definition of red cedar

1 : a common juniper (Juniperus virginiana) chiefly of the eastern U.S. that has dark green closely imbricated scalelike leaves also : a related tree (J. silicicola) of the southeastern U.S.
3 : the red or reddish-brown wood of a red cedar

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Recent Examples on the Web The red cedar provides respite for a rare wintering bird called the northern saw-whet owl. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, "Lake County’s aromatic evergreens beckon in winter," 24 Dec. 2020 Western red cedar is the wood most often used, but maple, hickory, and alder are also common. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "How to Cook Meals with Grilling Planks," 23 Oct. 2019 There are some upright and useful varieties of the native eastern red cedar, perhaps undervalued because of its weediness in the wild. Washington Post, "Winter wonders: Conifers revive the sleeping garden. But remember, less is more.," 2 Dec. 2020 Western red cedar is typically the wood used for the planks. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Chuck’s Food Shack: How to grill your fish with cedar planks," 12 Oct. 2020 There is no place for plants with a high oil or resin content or that produce fine, dry or dead leaves or needles such as ornamental junipers, holly, red cedar, arborvitae and small pine trees, say fire experts. oregonlive, "PGE may shut off power to Mount Hood residents to prevent fires: Here’s what you need to do at home," 6 Sep. 2020 Styled in a barrel shape, this 6-foot long outdoor red cedar sauna is designed to provide the most amount of usable interior space. Popular Science, "Outdoor saunas that’ll turn your house into a spa-like estate," 19 Aug. 2020 The next most popular wood-decking options are redwood and Western red cedar. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Choose The Right Material For Your Deck," 7 June 2020 The best grades of red cedar decking are (listed from most expensive and clearest, to least expensive and most knotty): architect clear, custom clear, architect knotty, and custom knotty. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Choose The Right Material For Your Deck," 7 June 2020

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1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Red cedar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20cedar. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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