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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Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks, both known for their impossibly tall sequoia trees, are open to hikers, mountain climbers, and scenic-overlook lovers. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yosemite Valley Is Closed Indefinitely, Due to Wildfires," 7 Aug. 2018 But after decades of visitors and their cars, the grove of more than 500 sequoias was in danger of being loved to death. CBS News, "Yosemite grove of largest sequoia trees reopens to public after $40M restoration," 14 June 2018 The tree, known as the Pittenger sequoia, was originally planted in 1912 at the home of two doctors, Fred and Alice Pittenger. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Idaho's largest sequoia was uprooted, moved in Boise last June. It likes its new home," 25 June 2018 To read the article and enjoy photos of the majestic sequoias, visit New York Times, "Corrections: June 20, 2018," 19 June 2018 Beatty said sequoia cones need fire to clear duff and open space for their seeds to grow. Peter Fimrite,, "Mariposa Grove, Yosemite’s haven for giant sequoias, restored and ready for visitors," 13 June 2018 Today, Calaveras is one of the easiest places to see sequoia gigantea. Peter Fish, San Francisco Chronicle, "Top 10 California parks: Don’t die before seeing these," 9 May 2018 Souvenirs proliferated—candlesticks and canes turned from sequoia wood, packets of sequoia seeds, hotel postcards and stereoscope images. Zach St. George, Smithsonian, "How California’s Giant Sequoias Tell the Story of Americans’ Conflicted Relationship With Nature," 20 Mar. 2018 The home of some of the world's largest and oldest sequoia trees will re-open to the public Friday for the first time in three years. CBS News, "Yosemite grove of largest sequoia trees reopens to public after $40M restoration," 14 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sequoia

: a very tall evergreen tree that grows in California


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