Judas tree

noun

: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Judas tree was in 1668

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“Judas tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Judas%20tree. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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