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Judas tree

noun

Definition of Judas tree

  1. :  any of a genus (Cercis) of leguminous trees and shrubs (as a redbud) often cultivated for their showy flowers; especially :  a Eurasian tree or shrub (C. siliquastrum) with purplish pink flowers



Origin and Etymology of judas tree

from the belief that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from a tree of this kind


First Known Use: 1668


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