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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. Sequoia gigantea, the "big tree" of California, and Sequoia sempervirens, the redwood, both of which attain an immense height. [1913 Webster]