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 As the pedal steel lilts and Young's lonely harmonica moans, pals Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor provide backup vocals stronger than a California redwood. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "The 25 Best Neil Young Songs: Staff Picks," 13 Jan. 2021 Polo Red by Ralph Lauren is a bestselling woodsy, spicy scent with notes of spicy red saffron, red grapefruit and deep redwood. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "46 beauty products you should honestly just gift yourself," 24 Nov. 2020 The most popular wooden fences are made of cedar, redwood or treated yellow pine. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make Your Own Picket Fence," 23 Oct. 2020 The road wiggles beneath vertiginous redwood trees and past fields grazed by black-and-white Holstein cows, offering occasional glimpses of salt marshes and the silvery-sapphire of the Pacific. Angela Decenzo, Travel, "How California’s cheese trail avoided a meltdown," 11 Dec. 2020 Those Victorian houses that grace the older parts of the Bay Area are built of North Coast redwood. Carl Nolte,, "3 days unplugged in freezing North Coast woods a grueling, worthwhile ordeal," 14 Nov. 2020 Dawn redwood is similar in look and also well adapted. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Maples, oaks, elms and more: These are the best trees for North Texas," 19 Nov. 2020 The materials are solid, from the redwood siding to the corrugated roof and the string of LED lights stapled to the frame for after-dark illumination. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to make sure winter is welcoming in the time of COVID," 15 Nov. 2020 The park contains 4,400 acres of old-growth redwood forest and 11,300 acres of secondary growth. Los Angeles Times, "Scarred by fire, California’s first state park remains closed. Can Big Basin recover?," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of redwood

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Redwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of redwood

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


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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