Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

cypress knee

noun
1.
one of the woody growths that project above water from the roots of the bald cypress.
Origin of cypress knee
1775-1785
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for cypress knee
Historical Examples
  • “Looks like a chunk carved out of a cypress knee,” adds a second.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • He was about five feet seven, but as tough as a cypress knee.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • The bullet extracted from the cypress knee, has been tried in the barrel of his gun, and found to fit exactly.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • The cypress knee, out of which Woodley and Heywood “gouged” the smooth-bore bullet, is also examined, its position noted.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • Now the problem of getting both the boy's legs on one side of the cypress knee was presented to them.

  • They saw Tad sitting on a cypress knee, gazing down into the black pool, a satisfied grin on his face.

  • Lilly now grabbed one of the truant feet, jerking it over to the other side of the cypress knee against its mate.

Word of the Day

Nearby words for cypress knee

Word Value for cypress

14
15
Scrabble Words With Friends