white cedar


: 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

Examples of white cedar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At a glance, the striking, multi-winged home is almost Scandinavian in its appearance, thanks to the slender planks of untreated white cedar that line the exterior. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 23 Aug. 2023 The desks were made by Hayden and his assistants from white cedars cleared from New Jersey’s Pine Barrens to make way for cranberry cultivation. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 14 July 2023 The objective is to reforest 10,000 acres of Atlantic white cedar trees that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy and saltwater intrusion. Nancy Chen, CBS News, 21 Apr. 2023 Aina launched with four playful candle scents: Caked Up (vanilla almond cream, pineapple, pistachio); Matcha Business (lavender, hazelnut coffee, matcha); Cuffing Season (salty lemon, violet, jasmine, white cedar); and Left on Read (coconut caramel, tropical fruit). Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Aug. 2020 Over the years, their fragrant inventory continues to surprise its cult-following, but the brand's LES candle (with notes of Blackcurrant, peach blossom, jasmine rice, Asian pear, coconut, cardamom and white cedar) is still a best-seller. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, 24 Mar. 2023 The fresh-smelling fragrance includes notes of cotton flower, white cedar and sun-dried vanilla bean. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 20 Dec. 2022 At the base, the EDP is balanced by woody and earthy notes of white cedar, musk, vetiver and ambrox super. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Dec. 2022 The products are packed in a keepsake Michigan white cedar box produced in the family's wood shop. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 6 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of white cedar was in 1654

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“White cedar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20cedar. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

white cedar

: either of two trees related to the cypresses:
: an evergreen swamp tree of the eastern coast of the U.S.
: a common arborvitae especially of eastern Canada and the northeastern U.S.
: the wood of a white cedar
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