western red cedar


: a large arborvitae (Thuja plicata) chiefly of the Pacific Northwest with reddish-brown bark and wood

called also red cedar

: the wood of the western red cedar

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a western red cedar waterfall bench. James Freeman, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2022 But, as the project grew — there’s also an integrated western red cedar bench for lounging and a walk-in shower with sliding glass doors — the prospect of having a heated plunge pool became appealing to Keyhayova. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2022 Our mature 85-foot western red cedar has been suffering the impact of invasive eastern red fox squirrels nipping off fronds for the last several years and the tree’s foliage density is severely diminished. oregonlive, 16 Apr. 2022 Chief Johnson’s pole—a must-see in Ketchikan—is made from just one western red cedar log. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Sep. 2022 The pergola is made from western red cedar, which naturally resists rot and insects and can handle high winds. Samantha S. Thorpe, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2022 Feature walls fashioned from western red cedar, a material that can withstand water, bookend the 13-foot-long pool. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2022 The Outdoor Living Today Western Red Cedar Greenhouse is made of durable western red cedar, which is naturally resistant to rot and insects. Rachel Center, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of western red cedar was in 1874

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“Western red cedar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/western%20red%20cedar. Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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