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

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The outback climb takes you through many microclimates, sweeping vistas, giant redwoods, and quiet country roads. Annie Daly, SELF, "12 Beautiful Biking Destinations You’ll Want to Add to Your Bucket List," 18 July 2018 The result is an impressive house characterized by broad horizontal lines, a flowing floorplan, and natural materials like redwood, fir, flagstone, brick, and more. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Updated midcentury home with backyard oasis wants $1.3M," 29 Mar. 2018 Meghan then changed once more into a more casual look for the final engagement in New Zealand, a walk through the redwood trees. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Finishes Out the Royal Tour of New Zealand Wearing Prince Harry's Jacket," 31 Oct. 2018 Setting: Just east of Hwy. 1, in a gently rising, 20-acre canyon of towering redwoods about a half-mile hike below the hilltop main resort. San Francisco Chronicle, "Suite Spot: Ventana Big Sur glamping," 16 May 2018 In 1976, one of the Poulsen children built the wooden European Chalet-style home that sits on the property now, a classic ski home with stone fireplaces, wood paneling, clear-heart redwood beams, and wrought iron accents. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Historic ski chalet on last large parcel in Squaw Valley asks $15M," 11 Dec. 2018 The portrait shows Markle standing in the middle of a forest of towering redwood, with the sun shining in the background. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Took a Gorgeous Photo of Meghan Markle During Royal Tour," 1 Nov. 2018 There was a jellyfish jelly, with redwood tip infusion and pine syrup at the end of the meal. Zia Ur-rehman, The Seattle Times, "How record heat has wreaked havoc on four continents," 31 July 2018 There were pictures of the kids hugging a redwood and playing Twister on the beach. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Two White Moms. Six Black Kids. One Unthinkable Tragedy. A Look Inside the ‘Perfect’ Hart Family," 6 Sep. 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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