Definition of Judas tree
: 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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