from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. Any of several other evergreen coniferous trees or shrubs, such as the Alaska cedar, incense cedar, or red cedar.
  • n. The durable aromatic wood of any of these plants, especially that of the red cedar, often used to make chests.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A coniferous tree of the genus Cedrus in the coniferous plant family Pinaceae.
  • n. The aromatic wood from such a tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to cedar.
  • n. The name of several evergreen trees. The wood is remarkable for its durability and fragrant odor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tree of the coniferous genus Cedrus, of which three species are known.
  • n. The name given, usually with qualifying terms, to various coniferous trees, chiefly North American, and of genera nearly allied to Cedrus.
  • n. A name popularly given in tropical regions to a considerable number of trees, mostly of the natural order Meliaceæ, in no way related to the preceding.
  • n. The wood of the cedar-tree (Cedrus), or (with or without a qualifying term) of any kind of tree called a cedar.
  • Pertaining to the cedar; made of cedar: as, a cedar twig.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. durable aromatic wood of any of numerous cedar trees; especially wood of the red cedar often used for cedar chests
  • n. any of numerous trees of the family Cupressaceae that resemble cedars
  • n. any cedar of the genus Cedrus


Middle English cedre, from Old French, from Latin cedrus, from Greek kedros.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cedre, from Latin cedrus, from Ancient Greek κέδρος (kedros). (Wiktionary)



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