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

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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 On top of that, the landscape is changing in Oklahoma with the addition of vast swaths of eastern red cedar trees, which used to only grow in rocky terrain that was less prone to wildfires. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Southwest fire threat called ‘extreme to historic’ amid brutally hot and dry conditions," 17 Apr. 2018 The Loon Lake area is forested with Douglas fir, western hemlock and red cedar; there’s plenty of hiking, swimming, boating and fishing. Alison Darosa,, "May travel deals include South Pacific flights," 3 May 2018 The effects that the exploding populations of red cedar is having on the state might be compared to the soil erosion that occurred during the ‘Dust Bowl’ era of the 1930s-40s. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Southwest fire threat called ‘extreme to historic’ amid brutally hot and dry conditions," 17 Apr. 2018 Tree varieties native to the county include red maple, tulip poplar, white oak, black walnut, eastern red cedar and redbud. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Harford County to observe Arbor Day on March 30 at Annie's Playground," 27 Mar. 2018 Eyeing an Eastern red cedar for the side yard? Perusing pawpaws for the back? Frank Kummer,, "How to get a free tree for your Philly home," 12 Mar. 2018 Wood from tropical forests in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Japan also arrived, but the Hawai‘ian people chose Douglas fir and coastal red cedar from over 4,000 kilometers away to integrate into the customs and rituals of their culture. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of red cedar

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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