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 Many mature trees, including live oaks, Japanese maples, crepe myrtles and bald cypress can be found at the property. Dallas News, 26 June 2021 The bald cypress was named the official Louisiana state tree in 1963. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 June 2021 A hundred years ago, the bald cypress range didn't go much beyond Florida. Sarah Barker, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 Now there's a bald cypress on the St. Paul campus that's thriving. Sarah Barker, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 For the study, researchers measured the amount of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emitted by dead pine and bald cypress trees in five ghost forests of the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula in North Carolina over two summers. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 May 2021 In North Carolina, pine, red maple, sweetgum and bald cypress forests are being replaced by saltmarsh. Jim Morrison, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2021 Monty, a bald cypress that has stood for nine hundred years, is dealing with both drought and the incursion of Trump’s border wall. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 10 Mar. 2021 It also was announced at the Council meeting that Keep Slidell Beautiful planned to distribute 400 bald cypress and river birch trees to the public as part of an Arbor Day giveaway on Jan. 16. Andrew Canulette,, 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of bald cypress

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bald cypress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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