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

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Recent Examples on the Web That included broad-leaved trees that were likely similar to cypresses, redwoods, and tulip trees. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "You Can Now Smell a T. Rex’s Stinky Breath at Chicago’s Field Museum," 17 Oct. 2019 Very private with towering redwoods bordering the property, the fully fenced backyard is illuminated with LED landscape lights, and is plumbed for an outdoor kitchen. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Luxury new construction in Lafayette’s Happy Valley," 23 Sep. 2019 An old growth redwood forest is nature's cathedral. NBC News, "Cloning giant redwoods could help combat climate change," 28 July 2019 The winery also ages its wines in American oak and redwood tanks for a full year. Esther Mobley,, "Orange wine is not ‘an assault on pleasure,’ it’s a window into our changing tastes," 12 Sep. 2019 Quick took photos of the keepsakes, made 3D scans of them, then remade and re-imagined the objects —the vintage typewriter, the rosewater cruet, the knife block carved from a redwood telephone pole — in clear resin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Americans Museum exhibit tells San Diego’s stories — one keepsake at a time," 10 Sep. 2019 These include spots along the Russian River, which snakes through the redwoods in the Sonoma Mountains, and areas on the Trinity River, which tumbles over the rocks of the formidable Klamath Mountains. New York Times, "The Magic of Swimming Holes," 18 Aug. 2019 Get to Hoyt Arboretum for a short hike to the view from the redwood deck and take a breath. Sarah Rubin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Eat & Drink Your Way Through Portland," 3 July 2019 One bucket arm easily visible at the storage spot lay on the ground like the trunk of a gigantic redwood, albeit one with a squarish trunk instead of a round one. Steven Litt,, "See dismantled Huletts on Whiskey Island: Industrial history covered in rust, greenery (photos)," 18 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of redwood

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Redwood.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of redwood

: a very tall evergreen tree
: the wood of a redwood


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Kids Definition of redwood

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

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