noun \ˈsī-prəs\

Definition of CYPRESS

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
:  branches of cypress used as a symbol of mourning

Origin of CYPRESS

Middle English cipres, from Anglo-French ciprès, from Latin cyparissus, from Greek kyparissos
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Wood Production Terms

cord, lumber, punk

Rhymes with CYPRESS



Definition of CYPRESS

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

Origin of CYPRESS

Middle English ciprus, cipres, from Cyprus, Mediterranean island
First Known Use: 15th century


geographical name \ˈsī-prəs\

Definition of CYPRESS

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens).—W.H. Hodge

Any of 12 species of ornamental and timber evergreen conifers constituting the genus Cupressus of the family Cupressaceae, which includes more than 130 species found throughout the world. The leaves are usually paired or in threes and are small and scalelike. A few of the many economically important genera in the cypress family are Cupressus, Thuja (arborvitae), Calocedrus (incense cedar), and Juniperus (juniper). Arborvitae, cypress, and juniper are especially important as timber sources or ornamentals. They also contain useful oils, resins, and tannins.


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