Judas tree


Definition of Judas tree

  1. :  any of a genus (Cercis) of leguminous trees and shrubs (such 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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a trip made at another's expense

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