from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A coniferous Chinese tree (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) having deciduous, flat, opposite leaves and small globular cones. It is widely cultivated in North America and Europe.

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  • noun large fast-growing Chinese monoecious tree having flat bright-green deciduous leaves and small globular cones; commonly cultivated in United States as an ornamental; known as a fossil before being discovered in China


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