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big tree

big tree

n
(Plants) a giant Californian coniferous tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum, with a wide tapering trunk and thick spongy bark: family Taxodiaceae. It often reaches a height of 90 metres. Also called: giant sequoia or wellingtonia See also sequoia

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n.
a large sequoia, Sequoiadendron giganteum, growing to 300 ft. (91 m) high, having reddish brown bark and scalelike blue-green leaves. Also called giant sequoia.
[1850–55]
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Noun1.big tree - extremely lofty evergreen of southern end of western foothills of Sierra Nevada in Californiabig tree - extremely lofty evergreen of southern end of western foothills of Sierra Nevada in California; largest living organism
sequoia, redwood - either of two huge coniferous California trees that reach a height of 300 feet; sometimes placed in the Taxodiaceae
genus Sequoiadendron, Sequoiadendron - giant sequoias; sometimes included in the genus Sequoia; until recently placed in the Taxodiaceae
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For the body he stripped a sheet of thick bark from around a big tree, and with much labor fashioned it into a cylinder of about the right size, pinning the edges together with wooden pegs.
Pierre pointed to another knoll in the distance with a big tree on it, near a village that lay in a hollow where also some campfires were smoking and something black was visible.
The big tree, with all the seeming of hardihood, promising to stand for centuries to come, had suffered from a hidden decay.
Young girls, with flowers in their laps, sat under the wide-spreading boughs of a big tree.
He climbed to the top of a hill and lay down in the grass, and as he thought under the shadow of a big tree.
They said all right, but before they left they sent one of the grandsons to climb a big tree in the barnyard, where he tied the demijohn sixty feet from the ground.
In the heavy shadows of a big tree before Doctor Welling's house, he stopped and stood watching half-witted Turk Smollet, who was pushing a wheelbarrow in the road.
The big tree loomed bigger and closer, and as they bore down on it he thought: "It's waiting for us: it seems to know.
Kim replied, lying out under a big tree at the fork of the Doon road, watching the little ants run over his hand.
In the morning we had eaten our fill of the carrots, and then, made heedless by play, we had ventured on to the big trees just beyond.
The birches of the path had grown from the fairy saplings of old to big trees.
One of the big trees had been partly chopped through, and standing beside it, with an uplifted axe in his hands, was a man made entirely of tin.