red·​wood ˈred-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce redwood (audio)
: any of various woods (such as brazilwood) yielding a red dye
: a tree that yields a red dyewood or produces red or reddish wood
: 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 compare dawn redwood
: its brownish-red durable wood

Examples of redwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police were investigating the death of another man in Yuba City, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, who was found under a redwood tree in his backyard Sunday. Julie Watson, Twin Cities, 5 Feb. 2024 Down the street at Morley and Merritt ways, Brion Maciel was assessing the damage after a cluster of massive redwoods came down in his neighborhood. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 Coastal redwoods are simply magnificent, so spending time in their mighty presence is a must. Chelsee Lowe, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2024 The coastal redwoods that towered over her house had never seemed so vulnerable — and neither had she. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2024 Some of the old-growth redwoods are 1,000 years old. Marc Lacey, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2023 The younger Stiller’s new residence also features an attractive façade flaunting a mix of creamy stucco and redwood siding, plus a tri-level floorplan ideal for a live-work situation. James McClain, Robb Report, 3 Dec. 2023 Menzel leads the cast as Jesse, a successful but heartbroken businesswoman, mother and wife, who takes a break from her East Coast life to find healing and community in Northern California’s redwood forest. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Jan. 2024 In 2022, the Glen Blair Bar opened its doors in the middle of a redwood grove in northern California’s Mendocino County. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Redwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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red·​wood ˈred-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce redwood (audio)
: a tall cone-producing evergreen tree mostly of coastal California that is related to the bald cypresses and sometimes grows to be 360 feet (110 meters) tall
also : its light long-lasting brownish red wood

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