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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For it crops up in the Rock-Drill Canto 87, in the 1950s: Only sequoias are slow enough.
▪ If the sequoia is the biggest living thing, the coast redwood is the tallest living thing.
▪ They included conifers much like today's pines, cypresses and sequoias.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sequoia \Se*quoi"a\, n. [NL. So called by Dr. Endlicher in honor of Sequoyah, who invented the Cherokee alphabet.] (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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

large American coniferous tree, 1857, from Modern Latin tree genus name given 1847 by Austrian botanist Stephan Endlicher (1804-1849), originally to a different tree, the coast redwood, apparently in honor of Sequoya (a.k.a. George Guess, 1760-1843), Cherokee man who invented a system of writing for his people's language, whose name is from Cherokee (Iroquoian) Sikwayi, a word of unknown etymology.\n

\nEndlicher was a specialist in conifers, and he also was a philologist. But he never gave an etymology of this name and a search of his papers discovered no mention of Sequoya or the Cherokee writing system, and the connection is an assumption that some botanists have challenged, though no better candidate for a source has yet been found.\n

\nThe giant sequoia was unseen by Europeans until 1833 and unknown to scientists until 1852. In May 1855, a pair of American botanists named it Taxodium giganteum, but that name was deemed inappropriate for several scientific reasons. Meanwhile, English botanist John Lindley, who had never been to California, in 1853 named it Wellingtonia in honor of the Duke of Wellington. "As high as Wellington towers above his contemporaries, as high towers this California tree above the forest surrounding it. Therefore, it shall bear for all time to come the name Wellingtonia gigantea." This sat poorly with the Americans, and much ink was spilled until a French botanist provided the solution by transferring Endlicher's name. In Britain still popularly called Wellingtonia.


n. 1 ''Sequoiadendron giganteum'', a coniferous evergreen tree formerly in the genus ''Sequoia'', now placed in (taxlink Sequoiadendron genus noshow=1). 2 ''Sequoia sempervirens'', a coniferous evergreen tree, the only living species of the genus ''Sequoia''.


n. either of two huge coniferous California trees that reach a height of 300 feet; sometimes placed in the Taxodiaceae [syn: redwood]


Sequoyah (1767–1843), inventor of the Cherokee syllabary.

Sequoia, Sequoya or Sequoyah may also refer to:

Sequoia (comics)

Sequoia, (AKA Quoi and Q) is a Marvel Comics character. He is the son of Mantis and the elder member of the Cotati contingent which was transplanted from the Kree home planet Hala to Viet Nam on Earth.

Sequoia (genus)

Sequoia is a genus of redwood coniferous trees in the subfamily Sequoioideae of the family Cupressaceae. The only extant species of the genus is Sequoia sempervirens in the Northern California coastal forests ecoregion of Northern California and Southwestern Oregon in the United States. The two other genera, Sequoiadendron and Metasequoia, in the subfamily Sequoioideae are closely related to Sequoia. It includes the largest trees in the world.

Several extinct species have been named from fossils, including Sequoia affinis, Sequoia chinensis of China, Sequoia langsdorfii, Sequoia dakotensis of South Dakota ( Maastrichtian), and Sequoia magnifica.

Sequoia (film)

Sequoia is a 1934 American drama film directed by Chester M. Franklin and written by Ann Cunningham, Sam Armstrong and Carey Wilson. The film stars Jean Parker, Russell Hardie, Samuel S. Hinds, Paul Hurst and Willie Fung. The film was released on December 22, 1934, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Sequoia (composition)

Sequoia is an orchestral composition by the American composer Joan Tower. The work was commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra with support from the Jerome Foundation. It was first performed on May 18, 1981 in Alice Tully Hall by the American Composers Orchestra under the conductor Dennis Russell Davies. The piece is dedicated to the concertmistress and first horn player of the orchestra, Jean and Paul Ingraham, respectively. Sequoia was Tower's first major orchestral composition and remains one of the composer's most performed works.

Usage examples of "sequoia".

All these homeostatic equilibria had been maintained by Gaia, the Earth mother in whom all living things, from sequoias to algae, whales to viruses, had their being.

These were the crowns of podocarpus trees, or podos, the largest trees in Africa, nearly as large as California sequoias.

Despite their mastery of time and space, the Cocytans could only wait and watch, as frustrated as any snail seeking to circumnavigate a sequoia.

Bettik also informed me that there was a single, gigantic Templar treeship in orbit now -- the Sequoia Sempervirens -- and that it was captained by the True Voice of the Startree Ket Rosteen and was carrying several of our old friends, including Rachel, Theo, the Dorje Phamo, the Dalai Lama, and the Ousters Navson Hamnim and Sian Quintana Ka'an.

Their whales were the size of first-day tadpoles, their sequoias were like antler lichen, and so on down the line.

Huge trees that would have been dwarfed only by the sequoias and redwoods of California rose all around them.

There were great forests covering the temperate regions, where stands of giant sequoia shaded pine understories.

At last I entered the dark and mysterious groves of the giant sequoia (sequoiadendron giganteum, according to my brochure).

They are to us as a giant sequoia tree is to a chittering squirrel.

There were those who would not believe it, just as they were unable to believe that the giant sequoia had ever been a green sprout.

The roots of the Amazonian trees, like those of the giant sequoia of California, are extremely long —.

The roots of the Amazonian trees, like those of the giant sequoia of California, are extremely long—.

A warning light began to flash, and one of the launch canisters began to lower itself down to the deck, like a giant sequoia slowly falling to the forest floor.

Even Black had relaxed and told an exceedingly foul joke involving a proctologist, a giant sequoia, and tree-ring dating.

The line of democration was, I consider, the line along which the giant sequoias appeared.