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Definition of "redwood" [red•wood]

  • A very tall, evergreen, coniferous tree (Sequoia sempervirens) native to the coastal ranges of southern Oregon and central and northern California, having small seed-bearing cones with peltate scales and unflattened branches. (noun)
  • The soft reddish wood of this tree. Also called sequoia. (noun)
  • Any of various woods having a reddish color or yielding a red dye. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "redwood" in a sentence
  • "The broadest recorded coast redwood is 20 feet in diameter."
  • "The Sequoia sempervirens, which is commonly called redwood, is distributed along the Coast Range, the trees thriving only when they are constantly swept by the sea fogs."
  • "In fact, there’s a forest full of them called the redwood forest."