redwood

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noun 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
3 a :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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First Known Use of redwood

circa 1533


REDWOOD Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of redwood for English Language Learners

  • : a very tall evergreen tree

  • : the wood of a redwood


REDWOOD Defined for Kids

redwood

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noun red·wood \ ˈred-ˌwu̇d \

Definition of redwood for Students

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


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