cercis

[ sur-sis ]
/ ˈsɜr sɪs /
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noun

any shrub or small tree of the genus Cercis, as the redbud or Judas tree.

Nearby words

  1. cerberean,
  2. cerberus,
  3. cercal,
  4. cercaria,
  5. cerci,
  6. cerclage,
  7. cercocystis,
  8. cercopithecoid,
  9. cercus,
  10. cere

Origin of cercis

< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek kerkís redbud, literally, weaver's shuttle (perhaps after the shape of the fruit), derivative of kérkos tail

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British Dictionary definitions for cercis

cercis

/ (ˈsɜːsɪs) /

noun

any tree or shrub of the leguminous genus Cercis, which includes the redbud and Judas tree

Word Origin for cercis

C19: New Latin, from Greek kerkis weaver's shuttle, Judas tree

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