Definition of sequoia in English:



  • A redwood tree, especially the California redwood.

    • ‘At 1,540 acres, this was once the world's largest privately owned grove of sequoias.’
    • ‘There are these trees called sequoias in the west of my country and they grow to be about as big as those pines.’
    • ‘Throughout the landscape stand stately trees thick enough to remind me of California's sequoias, their massive roots winding over the earth.’
    • ‘Wander through a moody grove of ancient sequoias on an easy 1/2-mile loop.’
    • ‘As a result of a picture in that issue of a sequoia with many others around it that were dwarfs in comparison, we planned a late April trip to Sequoia National Park to check this out.’
    • ‘In the silver glow of a full moon, trunks of enormous sequoias rose up all around us.’
    • ‘For over 25 years I was the leading redwood appraiser for the Save the Redwoods League in its acquisition contributions to both coastal and inland sequoias.’
    • ‘For example, sequoias, with the genetic potential to grow to heights in excess of 300 feet in the climate of the coastal Pacific, would not do so in other parts of the country.’
    • ‘Because in front of you, spread along the Merced Valley are a series of vast walls of granite, the biggest being El Capitan - The Captain - soaring for 3,000 ft above the meadows, dwarfing the park's famous sequoias.’
    • ‘I thus conclude with three literary evocations of sequoias, which make different but related points.’
    • ‘Visit here on Dec. 14 and participate in the annual trek to the General Grant Tree, the third-largest sequoia in the United States.’
    • ‘We'll follow in Muir's footsteps through the awesome groves in the new monument - the last major sequoias to be protected.’
    • ‘James, real quickly, we've mentioned the sequoias, but lately haven't talked about the importance of these trees.’
    • ‘Despite John Muir's attempts to have this grove added to Yosemite National Park; it was partially logged in the late 1800s; as a result, massive stumps of felled sequoias stand next to towering giants.’
    • ‘At Glacier Point, a full vertiginous mile above the valley floor, even the sequoias seem dwarfed by Half Dome, the greatest ornament in a landscape brimming with wonders.’
    • ‘Before this spring, visitors hopped out of their vehicles in a cloud of exhaust smoke and gazed up at the gossamer falls from the cracked asphalt, the smell of sequoias and the sound of cascading water barely discernible.’
    • ‘He notes carefully the distinctive qualities of particular specimens of goldcup oak, Douglas spruce, yellow pine, silver fir, and sequoia.’
    • ‘In an essay on a giant sequoia tree, for example, the editors deleted a phrase that compared the sequoia's shape to that of a Christmas tree because the analogy was considered religious and might be offensive to non-Christians.’
    • ‘But fires can kill when flames reach the crowns of smaller trees and leap from there to the limbs of the sequoias, high above the ground.’
    • ‘The most common forms included beech-like trees, poplars, willows, cattails, sumac, soapberry, and conifers such as pines, sequoias, and false cypress.’


From modern Latin Sequoia (genus name), from Sequoya, the name of the Cherokee Indian who invented the Cherokee syllabary.