One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A North American tree of the cypress family.
Thuja and other genera, family Cupressaceae: several species, in particular Thuja occidentalis, which yields timber and medicinal oil
- ‘Mike Bryant, who manages the Alligator River and Pea Island wildlife refuges on the North Carolina coast, has a stack of tasks as tall as the white cedars he works in.’
- ‘Atlantic white cedars scattered amid the other vegetation remain stunted as long as the water is deep, growing no more than four feet tall.’
- ‘The view should be almost a monochrome of the dark greens of Atlantic white cedar and cypress.’
- ‘Northern white cedars, some more than a thousand years old, have been found on the Niagara Escarpment.’
- ‘Plants affected by deer overgrazing include trees, such as eastern hemlock and white cedar, and wildflowers, particularly trilliums, orchids, and lilies, reports Rooney.’
2Australian The chinaberry.
- ‘A similar-sized alternative to consider is the white cedar, which is one of the few deciduous trees native to Australia.’
- ‘He said he has two ghost gums which are about 15 metres from his white cedar tree and hopes to eventually replace the cedar tree with them.’
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