plural noun

: a family of widely distributed, usually evergreen, coniferous trees and shrubs having small, flattened, scalelike or sometimes needlelike leaves and including the cypress, juniper, and arborvitae – see callitris , chamaecyparis , cryptomeria, cunninghamia , fitzroya , libocedrus , taiwania , thuja, thujopsis

Word History


New Latin, from Cupressus, type genus + -aceae

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“Cupressaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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