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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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Glinda the Sorceress then stepped upon the platform, and by her magic made a big tree grow in the middle of the space, made blossoms appear upon the tree, and made the blossoms become delicious fruit called tamornas, and so great was the quantity of fruit produced that when the servants climbed the tree and tossed it down to the crowd, there was enough to satisfy every person present.
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.
The big tree, with all the seeming of hardihood, promising to stand for centuries to come, had suffered from a hidden decay.
It's a big tree," said Marilla, "and it blooms great, but the fruit don't amount to much never--small and wormy.
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.
Young girls, with flowers in their laps, sat under the wide-spreading boughs of a big tree.
There they found a big tree which lay felled on the ground, and close by the trunk something was jumping backwards and forwards in the grass, but they could not make out what it was.
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 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.