white cedar


white cedar
1. any of several chiefly coniferous trees valued for their wood, esp. Chamaecyparis thyoides, of the eastern U.S., or Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar), of northeastern North America.
2. the wood of any of these trees.
[1665-75, Amer.]

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In the lumber trade, the American arborvitae, some species of false cypress (genus Chamaecyparis) and McNab cypress, incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens), and California juniper, all in the cypress family.

Nonconiferous trees that are called white cedar include the chinaberry (Melia azedarach, mahogany family) and some members of the plant families Bignoniaceae (trumpet creepers), Celastraceae (staff trees), Myristicaceae (nutmegs), Burseraceae, and Dipterocarpaceae. Botanically, white cedar is Chamaecyparis thyoides, a picturesque tree with purple cones, native to North America and East Asia. The wood is used for carpentry, pencils, storage chests, interiors, and fence posts.

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      in the lumber trade, any American arborvitae (q.v.), some species of false cypress (q.v.), and McNab cypress, incense cedar (q.v.), and California juniper. Nonconiferous trees that are called white cedar include the chinaberry and some members of the flowering plant families Bignoniaceae, Celastraceae, Myristicaceae, Burseraceae, and Dipterocarpaceae.

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  • White Cedar — may refer to several different trees:* Cupressaceae: ** Chamaecyparis thyoides ndash; Atlantic White Cypress ** Cupressus lusitanica ndash; Mexican White Cedar ** Thuja occidentalis ndash; Eastern Arborvitae * Meliaceae: ** Melia azedarach ndash; …   Wikipedia

  • white cedar — white′ ce′dar n. 1) pln any of several chiefly coniferous trees valued for their wood, esp. Chamaecyparis thyoides, of the eastern U.S 2) pln northern white cedar 3) pln the wood of any of these trees • Etymology: 1665–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • white cedar — ☆ white cedar n. 1. a) an evergreen tree (Chamaecyparis thyoides) of the cypress family, growing in swampy land in the E U.S. b) its soft, light colored wood 2. a) the American arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), growing in cool areas of the NE U.S …   English World dictionary

  • white cedar — noun 1. small evergreen of eastern North America having tiny scalelike leaves on flattened branchlets • Syn: ↑American arborvitae, ↑northern white cedar, ↑Thuja occidentalis • Hypernyms: ↑arborvitae • Member Holonyms: ↑Thu …   Useful english dictionary

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  • white cedar — Lausono puskiparisis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kiparisinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medieninis augalas (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. Iš jo gaunamas eterinis aliejus. atitikmenys: lot. Chamaecyparis lawsoniana;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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