Meaning of CYPRESS in English

I. ˈsī-prəs noun

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

Date: 14th century



(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

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English ciprus, cipres, from Cyprus, Mediterranean island

Date: 15th century

: a silk or cotton usually black gauze formerly used for mourning

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