red·​wood | \ ˈred-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce redwood (audio) \

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 — compare dawn redwood
b : its brownish-red durable wood

Examples of redwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Ohlson Recreation Center pool features a majestic redwood structure with massive barn doors between the pool and tennis court and a native plant garden. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 The tree is a coastal redwood (or Sequoia sempervirens) and costs $10 for the thrill ride. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 The 2019 Pluribus seems to evoke the flavors and smells of the mountainous redwood forest where its grapes grew. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 Still, Tucsonites are as proud of their saguaro as Northern California is of its redwood. Jon Waterman, Outside Online, 15 June 2020 Built with a mix of redwood, glass and natural stone from neighboring Bouquet Canyon, the resulting home is an architectural gem. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 4 Apr. 2022 The stay also includes the use of the cube's outside lounge kitchen, a dreamy redwood outside shower/bath that is open to the elements, along with a pool, hot tub, and hammocks for relaxing. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 9 Feb. 2022 Since then, the researchers have discovered intimate items within the collection, such as ebony dominoes, a calligraphy brush, and chopsticks made from bamboo and redwood. Bridget Alex, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2022 To protect the redwood from the elements — sun, wind, ocean air and rain, Kevin Bockman soaked the wood for five days in Tung oil and applied additional coats of the oil. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of redwood

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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red·​wood | \ ˈred-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce redwood (audio) \

Kids Definition of redwood

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

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