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  • n. A small deciduous tree, Cercis siliquastrum, noted for its prolific display of deep-pink flowers in spring

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a leguminous tree of the genus Cercis, with pretty, rose-colored flowers in clusters along the branches. Judas is said to have hanged himself on a tree of this genus (Cercis Siliquastrum). Cercis Canadensis and Cercis occidentalis are the American species, and are called also redbud.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, the Cercis Siliquastrum of southern Europe, a small leguminous tree with handsome purple flowers.
  • n. The similar American tree, Cercis Canadensis, the redbud.
  • n. The elder-tree of the old world, Sambucus nigra, which, grows to a height of 25 feet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small tree of the eastern Mediterranean having abundant purplish-red flowers growing on old wood directly from stems and appearing before the leaves: widely cultivated in mild regions; wood valuable for veneers


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