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Judas tree

a purple-flowered Eurasian tree, Cercis siliquastrum, of the legume family, supposed to be the kind upon which Judas hanged himself.
any of various other trees of the same genus, as the redbud.
Origin of Judas tree
First recorded in 1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • June knew the red-bud, but she had never heard it called the Judas tree.

  • Are they sitting at the window, looking out at the Judas tree and the Paulownia?

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • She ran to the window; she saw the Judas tree, the lawn, the garden gate.

    A Mummer's Tale Anatole France
  • A Judas tree in full blossom arrested her attention, and they came to a halt before its lavish display.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
British Dictionary definitions for Judas tree

Judas tree

small Eurasian leguminous tree, Cercis siliquastrum, with pinkish-purple flowers that bloom before the leaves appear: popularly thought to be the tree on which Judas hanged himself See also redbud
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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