American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Cupressus, native to Eurasia and North America and having opposite, scalelike leaves and globose woody cones.
- n. Any of several similar or related coniferous trees, such as the bald cypress.
- n. The wood of any of these trees.
- n. Cypress branches used as a symbol of mourning.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany: The popular name of coniferous trees of the genus Cupressus. The common cypress of southern Europe is C. sempervirens, of which there are two forms, one with upright appressed branches like a Lombardy poplar, the other a flat-topped tree with horizontal branches. The wood is much used in carpentry. C. macrocarpa, the Monterey cypress of California, is a fine ornamental tree, and is frequently cultivated.
- n. A name given to other coniferous trees nearly allied to the true cypresses. Such are Lawson's cypress, Chamœcyparis Lawsoniana, and the yellow or Sitka cypress, C. Nutkaensis, of the Pacific coast of North America, both valuable timber-trees and largely cultivated for ornament; the bald, deciduous, black, swampred. or white cypress, of the Atlantic States. Taxodium distichum, a large timber-tree of which the wood varies much in color; the desert-cypress of Australia, Frenela robusta; and the golden cypress, Biota orientalis, of Japan, with yellow foliage.
- n. One of various plants so named from a fancied resemblance to the true cypress, as the standing cypress, Gilia coronopifolia, a tall, slender, polemoniaceous herb, with divided leaves and scarlet flowers, and the Belvedere, broom-, or summer cypress, a tall chenopodiaceous plant, Kochia scoparia, sometimes cultivated.
- n. An emblem of mourning for the dead, cypress-branches having been anciently used at funerals.
- Belonging to or made of cypress.
- n. A thin transparent black or white stuff; a kind of crape.
- Made of or resembling cypress.
- n. The English galingale, Cyperus longus: called sweet cypress from its aromatic roots. Also cypress-root.
- n. An evergreen coniferous tree with flattened shoots bearing small scale-like leaves, whose dark foliage is sometimes associated with mourning, in family Cupressaceae, especially the genera Cupressus and Chamaecyparis
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot) A coniferous tree of the genus Cupressus. The species are mostly evergreen, and have wood remarkable for its durability.
- n. wood of any of various cypress trees especially of the genus Cupressus
- n. any of numerous evergreen conifers of the genus Cupressus of north temperate regions having dark scalelike leaves and rounded cones
- From Ancient Greek κυπάρισσος (kuparissos). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cipres, from Old French, from Late Latin cypressus, probably blend of Latin cupressus and cyparissus (from Greek kuparissos). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“† Some Bible translations use the term cypress or cedar wood, a softwood from a coniferous tree.”
“And the Christian men, that dwell beyond the sea, in Greece, say that the tree of the cross, that we call cypress, was of that tree that Adam ate the apple off; and that find they written.”
“Standing cypress is very similar but more wildflower-esque and doesn’t spread rapidly like the vine (an annual but it seeds profusely).”
“The Master said, “When the year becomes cold, then we know how the pine and the cypress are the last to lose their leaves.””
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“No, only the cypress,' said the old man, peering up fiercely at the trees above me as though to see whether they were listening; 'only the cypress is the thief of intelligence.”
“I thought the cypress was a flower," said Malcolm.”
“Range: The cypress is a southern tree, but is found under cultivation in parks and on lawns in northern United States.”
“The cypress, which is described below, is another cone-bearing tree which sheds its leaves in winter.”
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