sequoia, n. [NL. So called by Dr. Endlicher in honor of Sequoyah, who invented the Cherokee alphabet.].
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. [1913 Webster]