Eastern red cedar

Definition / meaning of Eastern red cedar

A type of evergreen tree with hard fragrant wood that is a member of the cypress family. The oil from the wood is used in soaps, shampoos, bath salts, perfumes, aromatherapy, and to keep insects away. The scientific name is Juniperus virginiana. Also called cedarwood and red cedar.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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