from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A deciduous coniferous tree (Taxodium distichum) native to swamps and river floodplains chiefly of the southeast United States, having flat, needle-like leaves, roundish cones, and sometimes aerial root knees.
  • noun The decay-resistant wood of this tree, used in construction and boat building.

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  • noun smaller than and often included in the closely related Taxodium distichum
  • noun common cypress of southeastern United States having trunk expanded at base; found in coastal swamps and flooding river bottoms


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