red·wood | \ ˈred-ˌwu̇d \

Definition of redwood 

1 : any of various woods (such as brazilwood) yielding a red dye

2 : a tree that yields a red dyewood or produces red or reddish wood

3a : a very tall coniferous tree (Sequoia sempervirens) of the bald cypress family that grows chiefly in coastal California, sometimes reaches a height of 360 feet (110 meters), and is a commercially important timber tree

called also coast redwood

— see cone illustration

b : its brownish-red durable wood

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In the morning, take a hike through the redwoods at Humboldt State Park. Ben Abramson, USA TODAY, "Yes, you can take electric cars on long road trips," 29 May 2018 Second-growth trees, and some third-growth, make up 95 percent of the redwood acreage across the state. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "A plea to save California’s treasured coast redwoods, giant sequoias," 18 Apr. 2018 Guests can get involved — Bisate’s agronomist, Jean-Moise, who is in charge of the reforestation effort, helps them plant a sapling of an indigenous tree such as the African redwood. New York Times, "Climbing Over Rocks, Holding on to Vines and Then, at Last, Gorillas," 4 Apr. 2018 Let the Pacific Ocean be the backdrop to your nuptials before heading off into the on-site old-growth redwoods to capture the moment. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "8 Wedding Venues with Jaw-Dropping Views," 22 Jan. 2018 The home’s exterior, a curvaceous shell of vertical redwood planks, is eye-catching and novel, and its interior layout matches that intriguing preview. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Coolest homes: 10 unique modern homes featured on azcentral," 21 June 2018 Oakland fight gym opens its doors for all In the beginning, Pimlott did a little bit of everything: hacking at bushes, cutting down eucalyptus trees and planting redwoods in their place, replacing tracks and railroad ties. Paul Chinn,, "Tilden park’s railway engineer rolls through decades of train runs, hand waves," 10 June 2018 Since buying the property in 2000, Carter has developed its 85 woodsy acres — rooted here are madrone, Douglas fir, manzanita and the most easterly redwoods in the country — into a community for artists. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Studio visit with Richard Carter in his 1874 Napa County farmhouse," 8 June 2018 The largest coastal redwood in this 40-acre grove is about 1,500 years old and 277 feet tall. Mary Forgione,, "Happy Earth Day! Five redwood parks you've never heard of — and why you should go," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of redwood

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of redwood was circa 1533

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English Language Learners Definition of redwood

: a very tall evergreen tree

: the wood of a redwood


red·wood | \ ˈred-ˌwu̇d \

Kids Definition of redwood

: a very tall tree of California that bears cones and has light durable brownish red wood

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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