bald cypress


Definition of bald cypress 

1 : a large deciduous conifer (Taxodium distichum of the family Taxodiaceae, the bald cypress family) of southern U.S. swamps that has flexible flat needles and is related to the sequoias also : a related tree (T. mucronatum) of Mexico and southern Texas — see cone illustration

2 : the hard red wood of bald cypress that is much used for shingles

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This narrow, natural waterway cuts through a dense forest of towering pond and bald cypress. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Plan your trip: A guide to the Okefenokee swamp," 2 July 2018 Wilson indicated wispy bald cypress trees, the drooping white blossoms of tea plants and a giant swath of ornamental grasses, which will turn red in the fall. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Arlington Cemetery to open new section with space-saving pre-dug graves," 4 June 2018 North Carolina's oldest tree is believed to be a bald cypress along the Black River that dates to 364 AD, according to UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "A North Carolina oak tree dating back 800 years is under siege. Can it be saved?," 4 June 2018 Over the past year and a half, SOUL has planted 790 large, native trees, including bald cypress and live oaks, in Mid-City, Treme, Algiers, Algiers Point, Freret-Climana, along Tulane Avenue and in Broadmoor. Susan Langenhennig,, "With nearly 800 new trees planted, a nonprofit is reforesting New Orleans block by block," 28 Nov. 2017 The destruction of the iconic bald cypress tree in Longwood known as The Senator by a fire started by a drug user in 2012 sparked an idea in woodworker Jeffrey Matter. Marco Santana,, "Orlando artist at Sanford show finds burned-down iconic tree The Senator as useful medium," 5 May 2018 Like the bald cypress, pond cypresses produce knees. Dan Gill,, "Do all bald cypress trees develop knees?," 31 Mar. 2018 That distinction goes to the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum). Mike Scott,, "300 years ago, a tree -- and a city -- both took root," 22 Dec. 2017 Workers will also have to take steps to avoid disturbing the habitat of the Louisiana Black Bear, including protecting bald cypress trees of 36 inches or greater at breast height and restrictions on disposal of food and garbage. Mark Schleifstein,, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline gets Army Corps permit for Louisiana right of way," 14 Dec. 2017

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1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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