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A coniferous Chinese tree (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) having deciduous, flat, opposite leaves and small globular cones. It is widely cultivated in North America and Europe.
(Plants) a deciduous conifer, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, native to China but planted in other regions as an ornamental tree: family Taxodiaceae. Until the 1940s it was known only as a fossil
met•a•se•quoi•a(ˌmɛt ə sɪˈkwɔɪ ə)
n., pl. -quoi•as.
a tall deciduous coniferous tree, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, of the bald cypress family, first known as a fossil and then discovered growing in China.Also called dawn redwood.
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|Noun||1.||dawn redwood - 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|
genus Metasequoia - genus of deciduous conifers comprising both living and fossil forms; 1 extant species: dawn redwood of China; variously classified as member of Pinaceae or Taxodiaceae