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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Recent Examples on the Web Scientists have found an ancient submarine forest of bald cypress trees entombed in Mobile Bay off the coast of Alabama. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Scientists Explore Prehistoric Forest Entombed off the Coast of Alabama," 4 Apr. 2020 Farther back, there are bald cypress trees, root systems knuckling their way out of the mud, and rowboats passing through the bayou. Zachary Fine, The New York Review of Books, "Swampland Sublime: The Landscapes of Louisiana," 8 Feb. 2020 A few miles from the levee breach, Pecord’s bar is a magnet for waterfowl hunters and locals downing pilsners and cocktails amid the bald cypress trees at the edge of the Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area. Patrick M. O'connell,, "Barges stranded, levees breached and a town in danger: How the Mississippi River is dividing a community — literally — in southern Illinois," 26 Nov. 2019 While Iroquois has the city's tallest tree, George Rogers Clark has the oldest: a more than 200-year-old bald cypress. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "It's not too late to see fall leaves! Here are Louisville's top spots to enjoy the colors," 8 Nov. 2019 Some trees with reasonable fall color include the bald cypress, crape myrtle, dogwood, persimmon, redbud, red maple, river birch Shumard oak, sweetgum, sycamore and winged elm. Tom Maccubbin,, "Prune peach and plum trees in January or early February," 26 Oct. 2019 Dimensional lace extended beyond the hem of the sweeping train in the shape of bald cypress needles. Sue Strachan,, "The Atlanteans ball celebrates Louisiana," 20 Feb. 2018 The miniature trees were like perfect haikus: the bald cypress, the Catlin elm, the Foemina juniper. Reif Larsen, The Seattle Times, "LA Reverential: A City’s Chill Spots," 1 Aug. 2018 The art piece is one of 14 benches along The Woodlands Waterway and features a great blue heron with a fish in its mouth sitting atop a bald cypress trunk. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Art enthusiasts celebrate, build camaraderie at ‘ArtFeel Live’ in The Woodlands," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of bald cypress

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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