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sequoia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sequoia either of two huge coniferous California trees that reach a height of 300 feet; sometimes placed in the Taxodiaceae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the United States only 80 miles separate the highest point of land and the lowest point in the lower 48 states. Mount Whitney on the eastern border of Sequoia National Park in California is 14,496 feet high, and a pool called Badwater in Death Valley is 280 feet below sea level.
    • n Sequoia (Bot) A genus of coniferous trees, consisting of two species, Sequoia Washingtoniana, syn. S. gigantea, the “big tree” of California, and S. sempervirens, the redwood, both of which attain an immense height.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The California redwood coast redwood and giant sequoia are the tallest and largest living organism in the world.
    • n sequoia A genus of coniferous trees, of the tribe Abietineæ and subtribe Taxodinæ. It is characterized by an oval cone, with persistent woody scales each bearing about five ovules, and dilated upward in fruit into a rhomboidal wrinkled and flattened slightly prickle-tip-ped apex. The flowers are monœcious, terminal or axillary on young shoots, with their scales spirally set. The small and involucrate staminate flower consists of an oblong column of united stamens, bearing crowded ovate connective scales, each with three to five anthers. The compressed seed bears a thick spongy margin, and contains four to six seed-leaves. There are but two species, both Californian, and ranking among the most remarkable of trees, growing straight, tall, and columnar, with short densely spreading branches, soft red wood, and very thick fibrous and spongy bark. They bear acute, compressed, and keeled decurrent narrow leaves, which are alternate and spirally inserted, or spread in two ranks on the younger branches. Their small cones ripen in the second year. For S. sempervirens, discovered by Menzies about 1794, see redwood. The other species, S. gigantea, by some formerly separated as a genus, Washingtonia (Winslow, 1854), and the Wellingtonia of English gardens, is the mammoth tree or big tree of California. It is a less graceful tree, with shorter branches, pendulous branchlets, paler appressed leaves, its wood a duller red, with thin white sapwood, its bark near the ground 1 to 2 feet thick, and its cones much larger (2 or 3 inches long). It forms a series of forests in Tulare county, California, isolated groves extending 240 miles northward, and it has been recently (November, 1890) reported from southern Oregon. The tallest tree now known, one of the Calaveras grove, is 325 feet high; one known as the Grizzly Giant, in the Mariposa grove, is 93 feet in circumference at the ground; 1,200 rings were counted in a tree 11 feet in diameter. Both species were early classed under Taxodium (which see), their nearest American living relative; a closer ally, however, is Athrotaxis (Don, 1839), a genus of three Tasmanian trees distinguished by a cone with mucronate or umbonate scales; their other living relatives are a few distant and mostly monotypic genera of Japan and China. (Compare Taxodinæ.) A very large number of fossil species are known with certainty, showing that the genus was much more abundant in late Cretaceous and Tertiary time than at present.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The popular name for the giant sequoia tree is Redwood.
    • n Sequoia sē-kwoi′a a small genus of gigantic evergreen coniferous trees belonging to California—Wellingtonia.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. So called by Dr. Endlicher in honor of Sequoyah, who invented the Cherokee alphabet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A Latinised form of the name of the Cherokee chief Sequoiah.

Usage

In literature:

When first you catch sight of a Sequoia, it does not impress you particularly except as a very fine tree.
"The Mountains" by Stewart Edward White
Washingtonia, or Wellingtonia, better known as Sequoia.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Along the south rim of the canyon of the south fork of Kings River there is a majestic sequoia forest about six miles long by two wide.
"The Yosemite" by John Muir
The largest tree in the world is the General Sherman, in Sequoia National Park, and it is thirty-five feet in diameter.
"Stories of California" by Ella M. Sexton
The area of Sequoia Park is 169,605 acres, and that of General Grant Park is 2,560 acres.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
THE AGE OF THE SEQUOIAS.
"The California Birthday Book" by Various
The scarcity of young Sequoias strikes every visitor, the fact being that they are only to be found in certain favored spots.
"Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20)" by Various
Perhaps the most startling phenomenon of all was the quick death of childlike Sequoias only a century or two of age.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
The Chief said these old junipers vie with the Sequoias in age.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
A Sequoia or "Big Tree" of California has been known to live for over two thousand years, but eventually it died.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
It was certainly extremely old, even for a sequoia.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
No ordinary bolt ever hurts the Sequoia.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
Still farther south there is a reserve called the Sequoia Park, which contains the largest remaining groves of the Big Trees.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
We will heal Hindu hermits there with oil Brought from California's tall sequoias.
"American Poetry, 1922" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
There are two varieties of big trees in California: the Sequoia gigantea and the Sequoia sempervirens.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
Next to the sequoias they are the largest of our American trees.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
Picture, now, the Giant Forest, largest of the several sequoia groves in the Sequoia National Park.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Norris had the large trail maps of both Sierra and Sequoia National Forests.
"Unexplored!" by Allen Chaffee
Native Son Sequoia 14.
"Guide to Yosemite" by Ansel Hall
Sequoias of many varieties ranged far into northern Canada.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
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In poetry:

Sequoia, growing grandly
Out of the long ago, Beloved of Time, whose sons
March by to measures slow, How tenderly you cherish
All little lives below!
"The Sage" by Harriet Monroe

In news:

Lewis, general manager of Toyota of New Orleans, said the Highlander 's "more comfortable ride and car-like qualities" are why drivers choose it over more rugged models, such as the 4Runner or Sequoia.
IBM's Sequoia Supercomputer is Now the World's Fastest Computing Machine.
IBM's Sequoia Is World's Fastest Supercomputer.
Sequoia Warrior Smart Strike Mr Prospector.
Sequoia defeats Lewiston 21-13 in the Idaho Classic at the Kibbie Dome.
Sequoia Partner Joins Khosla Ventures.
Featured will be the superb wines of Sequoia Grove Winery, Napa Valley, CA.
Sequoia & Kings Canyon, CA.
Sequoia Scientific, Inc began operations in February 1995.
News Desk Companies honored with Sequoia awards.
The Sequoia awards recognize creativity and innovation as well as leadership in green/environmental product development.
Sequoia Blodgett Age: 28 Location: Atlanta, GA Occupation: Music Video Director Style: Modern Edge Beauty Fave I Can't Live Without: Mac Oh Baby.
Content tagged with " Sequoia ".
The Nike SB Dunk Low ' Sequoia ' will add to the body of sneakers under the Nike SB brand.
On April 21, 2004 the US Coast Guard will officially accept the Coast Guard Cutter SEQUOIA .
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In science:

Sequoia is a programming model in which a (distributed) system is viewed as a hierarchy of memories, and, similar to SVP, programs in Sequioa can be automatically adopted to the granularity of the target system.
Extending and Implementing the Self-adaptive Virtual Processor for Distributed Memory Architectures
Sequoia uses call-by-value-result semantics, where for each function argument is specified if it describes an input, output or both.
Extending and Implementing the Self-adaptive Virtual Processor for Distributed Memory Architectures
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