- any of several evergreen coniferous trees constituting the genus Cupressus, having dark-green, scalelike, overlapping leaves.
- any of various other coniferous trees of allied genera, as the bald cypress.
- any of various unrelated plants resembling the true cypress.
- the wood of these trees or plants.
Origin of cypress1
- a fine, thin fabric resembling lawn or crepe, formerly used in black for mourning garments and trimmings.
Origin of cypress2
- a city in SW California.
Examples from the Web for cypress
The procession continued on to the Cypress Hill Cemetery, where Ramos was buried the week before.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
Even more striking were her findings regarding one of the cypress beams.
There were also beams of cypress and several other types of wood.
Investigators with the Cypress Police Economic Crimes Unit had been quietly building a case and chose this moment to arrest them.Two California Women Turn Themselves Into Real-Life Versions of Thelma and Louise
January 7, 2012
It is more like a sweet wine with hints of dried apricots, grapefruit pith, cypress, and lemons.Alice Waters’ Favorite Vineyard
August 14, 2010
The Princess smiled on the children as she came down the cypress trail.The Trail Book
The cypress has few branches, and its leaf is long and narrow.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
See that cypress, waving from the breeze which is now stirring, and look!Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The sepulchre was square, with stone walls supported by cypress beams.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
He waxed eloquent to the cypress roots upon the conduct of the war.The Long Roll
- any coniferous tree of the N temperate genus Cupressus, having dark green scalelike leaves and rounded cones: family CupressaceaeSee also Leyland cypress
- any of several similar and related trees, such as the widely cultivated Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Lawson's cypress), of the western US
- any of various other coniferous trees, esp the swamp cypress
- the wood of any of these trees
- a fabric, esp a fine silk, lawn, or crepelike material, often black and worn as mourning
Word Origin and History for cypress
type of evergreen tree (sacred to Pluto), late 12c., from Old French cipres (12c., Modern French cyprès), from Late Latin cypressus, from Latin cupressus, from Greek kyparissos, probably from an unknown pre-Greek Mediterranean language. Perhaps related to Hebrew gopher, name of the tree whose wood was used to make the ark (Gen. vi:14).