noun Cu·pres·sus \k(y)üˈpresəs\

Definition of Cupressus

  1. 1 :  a genus of resinous, evergreen trees and shrubs of the family Cupressaceae having small, scalelike, overlapping leaves, and small, roundish cones composed of woody scales and including the Arizona cypress, Gowen cypress, Mexican cypress, and Monterey cypress

  2. 2 cupressus plural cupressus :  a tree of the genus Cupressus — see cypress 1

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Origin and Etymology of cupressus

New Latin, from Latin, cypress — more at cypress

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