- 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 cedar of Lebanon (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 of cedarMiddle English and 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
- Any of several Eurasian evergreen coniferous trees of the genus Cedrus in the family Pinaceae, having stiff needles on short shoots and large erect seed cones with broad deciduous scales, and including the cedar of Lebanon.
- Any of several other evergreen coniferous trees or shrubs, especially members of the family Cupressaceae 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 of cedarMiddle English cedre from Old French from Latin cedrus from Greek kedros
(countable and uncountable, plural cedars)
- (countable) A coniferous tree of the genus Cedrus in the family Pinaceae.
- (countable) A coniferous tree of the family Cupressaceae, especially of the genera Juniperus, Cupressus, Calocedrus, or Thuja.
- (countable) A flowering tree of the family Meliaceae, especially of the genera Cedrela or Toona.
- (uncountable) The aromatic wood from a Cedrus tree, or from any of several unrelated trees.
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