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- any of a genus (Cedrus) of widespreading coniferous trees of the pine family, having clusters of needlelike leaves, cones, and durable wood with a characteristic fragrance, as the (C. libani)
- any of various similar trees of other families, as certain kinds of juniper or thuja
- Spanish cedar
- the wood of any of these
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French cedre ; from Classical Latin cedrus ; from Classical Greek kedros ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form ked-, to smoke, be sooty
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- Any of several Old World evergreen coniferous trees of the genus Cedrus, having stiff needles on short shoots and large erect seed cones with broad deciduous scales.
- Any of several other evergreen coniferous trees or shrubs, such as the Alaska cedar, incense cedar, or red cedar.
- The durable aromatic wood of any of these plants, especially that of the red cedar, often used to make chests.
Origin: Middle English cedre, from Old French, from Latin cedrus, from Greek kedros.