red cedar


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

Examples of red cedar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, brewing the Norwegian Woods farmhouse ale ($6.50) involved putting branches, fallen leaves, Eastern red cedar and spruce clippings into the mash tun (the chamber where grain starch is converted to sugars) before adding malts. Sameer Rao,, "How is beer made? 4 Baltimore area farm breweries find success in hops, not crops.," 6 Nov. 2019 The wood has been left untreated so the structures continue to weather and form patinas; window frames and red cedar roofs blend into the shadows of the surrounding primary forest. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Island Hopping in French Polynesia," 15 Nov. 2019 Haida women wove traditional hats and capes from red cedar to outfit the cast. Julian Brave Noisecat, The New Yorker, "Can Film Save Indigenous Languages?," 14 Nov. 2019 Several more hours in the minivan took us to the Mayan ruins of Palenque, a 7th century former city-state of stone temples surrounded by centuries-old red cedar, sapodilla and mahogany trees. Washington Post, "Back to Chiapas 25 years after covering rebel uprising," 27 Aug. 2019 The only problem, other than the thing’s sheer unsightliness, was that it was made from red cedar, which produces cedar dust, to which many people are highly allergic. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics: The Cruel Sovereignty of Politics," 28 Dec. 2018 The memorial is shrouded in white pine, red cedar and fir trees at the corner of Rhine Road and County Highway FF and would be easy to miss by passing motorists save for the state historical marker at the side of the road. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sheboygan County community remembers its Civil War dead 150 years after it erected memorial," 28 May 2018 Larger trees offered were eastern red cedar, Serbian spruce, red maple and English oak. Carol Kovach,, "Chilly, soggy weather didn't stop Keep Lakewood Beautiful volunteers from sprucing up the city," 29 Apr. 2018 Hilker has American Pillar clambering up a red cedar tree and a Paul’s Himalayan Musk lurking in a black cherry tree. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "As for beauty and fragrance, the rambler comes up roses," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of red cedar

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Red cedar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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