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

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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'red cedar.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of red cedar

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about red cedar

Dictionary Entries near red cedar

red carp

red carpet


red cedar

red cent

red chalk

red char

Statistics for red cedar

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for red cedar

The first known use of red cedar was in 1682

See more words from the same year

Comments on red cedar

What made you want to look up red cedar? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having a desire to acquire more things

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!