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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coniferous tree of the genus Cupressus. The species are mostly evergreen, and have wood remarkable for its durability.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany: The popular name of coniferous trees of the genus Cupressus.
  • n. A name given to other coniferous trees nearly allied to the true cypresses.
  • 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
From Ancient Greek κυπάρισσος (kuparissos). (Wiktionary)

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