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  • An evergreen coniferous tree with flatterned shoots bearing small scale-like leaves, whose dark foliage is sometimes associated with mourning.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Cy"press (s?"pr?s), n.; pl. Cypresses (-&?;z). [OE. cipres, cipresse, OF. cipres, F. cypr&?;s, L. cupressus, cyparissus (cf. the usual Lat. form cupressus), fr. Gr. &?;&?;&?;&?;, perh. of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. g&?;pher, Gen. vi. 14.] (Bot) A coniferous tree of the genus Cupressus. The species are mostly evergreen, and have wood remarkable for its durability.

&fist; Among the trees called cypress are the common Oriental cypress, Cupressus sempervirens, the evergreen American cypress, C. thyoides (now called Chamaecyparis sphaeroidea), and the deciduous American cypress, Taxodium distichum. As having anciently been used at funerals, and to adorn tombs, the Oriental species is an emblem of mourning and sadness.

Cypress vine(Bot.), a climbing plant with red or white flowers (Ipotœa Quamoclit, formerly Quamoclit vulgaris).

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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