sequoia

noun
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):

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Recent Examples on the Web The purchase comes a year after the Redwoods League bought the nearby 160-acre Red Hill sequoia grove, bordering the South Fork of the Tule River. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Biggest private sequoia grove to be preserved in deal with Redwoods League," 17 Sep. 2019 Last year, Save the Redwoods League spent $3.3 million to buy the world’s second-largest privately owned grove of ancient sequoias. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "World’s largest privately owned giant sequoia forest sold for $15 million," 17 Sep. 2019 While wildfires have historically burned the Sierra landscape every decade or so, some sequoias have lived for 3,000 years. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Giant sequoias — long survivors of the forest — succumbing to climate-driven wildfires," 12 Sep. 2019 Once the floor is cleared and the fire has opened up space in the canopy for light to break through, tiny sequoia cones no bigger than the palm of your hand will dry out from the flames’ heat and burst open. Los Angeles Times, "California fire mystery: No major summer brush fires after years of record destruction," 22 Aug. 2019 This behemoth in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, though, is not the only sequoia to die in recent years. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Giant sequoias — long survivors of the forest — succumbing to climate-driven wildfires," 12 Sep. 2019 Get your own angle on these iconic scenes, framing wonders like the towering Half Dome and enormous sequoia trees, and use your images to advocate for nature conservation. National Geographic, "Yosemite and San Francisco Photography Workshop," 10 Sep. 2019 The sequoias were as impressive as ever, even surrounded by a gaggle of visitors. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "In fall, experience the awe and adventure in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks," 31 Aug. 2019 White fir trees can grow in the shade and even faster in sunlight, giving them an early chance to elbow out young sequoias, which desperately need the light to thrive. Los Angeles Times, "California fire mystery: No major summer brush fires after years of record destruction," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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6 Dec 2019

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“Sequoia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sequoia. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of sequoia

: a very tall evergreen tree that grows in California

sequoia

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