white cedar

noun

Definition of white cedar 

1 : an aromatic evergreen swamp tree (Chamaecyparis thyoides) of the cypress family that occurs along the eastern coast of the U.S. and has branchlets in fan-shaped sprays and small round cones also : its wood

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The laminated white cedar home stretches 8 by 24 feet and weighs 5,700 pounds. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Solar-powered houseboat takes tiny living on water," 3 July 2018 Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium This state park has a little bit of everything: one mile of sandy beach along Lake Michigan, a scenic lake in an old quarry, restored wetlands and a white cedar and hardwood swamp. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 kid-friendly hikes under 2 miles in the Milwaukee area," 4 May 2018 The swamp encompasses stands of white cedar as well as black ash. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "214 acres of landscape sponges added to Milwaukee area flood control," 18 Dec. 2017 Fueled in part by a popular crime novel, Seicho Matsumoto’s Tower of Wave, distraught teens and other troubled souls straggle through the 7,680-acre confusion of pine, boxwood and white cedar. Gilles Mingasson, Smithsonian, "Why Mount Fuji Endures As a Powerful Force in Japan," 29 May 2017

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1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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