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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Converted in places to some of Marin County’s most beautiful bike trails, the route passes through redwood forests, peaceful countryside and charming towns. Brian Coyne, San Francisco Chronicle, "Biking along Marin’s old North Pacific Coast Railroad," 17 May 2018 Her playgrounds were tide pools and redwood forests. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "Kate Brandt Is Turning Google into a Green Powerhouse," 5 July 2018 Two protesters spend ten months living in the canopy of a redwood wider than a house. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 11 May 2018 Will Hernandez G UTEP 6-2 348 5.15 1-2 A four-year starter at left guard, Hernandez has a base like a California redwood and would help any team’s rushing game right off the bat, though his 32-inch arms are shorter than teams prefer. Nora Princiotti,, "Scouting the 2018 NFL Draft, position by position," 24 Apr. 2018 Torres arrived in a much different way than almost any other Yankee: as another team’s sapling, not a redwood. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Gleyber Torres Arrives as Part of a Pinstriped Youth Movement," 22 Apr. 2018 And whenever the confines of civilization start to grate, expansive redwood forests are just a stone’s throw away. Sunset, "One Perfect Day in Fort Bragg, CA," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of redwood

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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