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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The most common types of decking are pine and cedar, and on the West Coast, even redwood. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Staining a Deck," 1 Apr. 2019 The course features towering redwood trees, coastal mountains, and Pacific Ocean views. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Big Sur Blends Rustic Charm With Sleek Design," 12 Feb. 2019 YouTube user Elliott used dog-ear redwood fencing for siding on his converted mini cooler and recommends staining or sealing the wood with linseed oil or SuperDeck. Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, "This DIY Rustic Cooler Made From An Old Fridge Will Be a Hit at Your Summer Parties," 1 Mar. 2017 The northern redwoods and the small farming community of Sonoma won out. Shelby Grad,, "Essential California: Family arrests at border stop, for now," 26 June 2018 The Bird House consists primarily of redwood and cedar, and measures about 18 feet wide, 30 feet long, and 20 feet tall., "Orioles to open re-imagined Kids’ Corner at Camden Yards tonight," 8 May 2018 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

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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 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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