Meaning of CYPRESS in English


Pronunciation: ' s ī -pr ə s

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English cipres, from Anglo-French ciprès, from Latin cyparissus, from Greek kyparissos

Date: 14th century

1 a (1) : any of a genus ( Cupressus of the family Cupressaceae, the cypress family) of evergreen trees and shrubs with small overlapping leaves resembling scales (2) : any of several coniferous trees of the cypress family or the bald cypress family especially : BALD CYPRESS 1 b : the wood of a cypress tree

2 : branches of cypress used as a symbol of mourning

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