: a genus of evergreen, coniferous trees of the cypress family (Cupressaceae) of eastern Asia and North America that have small, scalelike leaves and aromatic wood and are often grown ornamentally see southern white cedar

Word History


New Latin, from chamae- + -cyparis (from Greek kyparissos cypress)

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“Chamaecyparis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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