se·​quoia | \ si-ˈkwȯi-ə How to pronounce sequoia (audio) \

Definition of sequoia

: either of two huge coniferous California trees of the bald cypress family that may reach a height of over 300 feet (90 meters):

Examples of sequoia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Between 2,200 and 3,600 adult sequoias were either killed by the KNP Complex and Windy Fires or are expected to die within the next five years – amounting to 3% to 5% of the Earth's sequoia trees, according to National Park Service estimates. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2021 One of the trees that burned, a sequoia in Board Camp Grove, was found still smoldering this spring. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 June 2021 There is beauty in the sequoia scars, bleeding out sap. New York Times, 3 Jan. 2022 There is beauty in the sequoia scars, bleeding out sap. Elizabeth Weil, ProPublica, 3 Jan. 2022 As the fires burned in September, firefighters wrapped the General Sherman Tree, and other sequoia and structures, with aluminum fire-resistant blankets to protect against the threat of flames. NBC News, 18 Dec. 2021 Three months after wildfire flames ripped through California’s ancient sequoia groves, officials at the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have announced the Giant Forest will reopen to the public. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2021 The Windy Fire, also burning in Sequoia National Park, has killed at least 29 giant sequoias, and last year, the Castle Fire destroyed between 7500 and 10,600 of the trees, representing approximately 10-14% of the world's sequoia population. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, 8 Oct. 2021 The Castle Fire alone wiped out between 10% and 14% of the total sequoia population. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of sequoia

circa 1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sequoia

New Latin, genus name, from Sequoya (George Guess)

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The first known use of sequoia was circa 1866

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“Sequoia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of sequoia

: a very tall evergreen tree that grows in California


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