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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
&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
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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