Meaning of western red cedar

west'ern red' ce'dar

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an arborvitae, Thuja plicata, of western North America, grown as an ornamental.
  2. the soft, fragrant, reddish wood of this tree, used in the construction of houses, in shipbuilding, for making boxes, etc.
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