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  1. any shrub or small tree of the genus Cercis, as the redbud or Judas tree.
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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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Historical Examples of cercis

  • Texas Redbud (Cercis reniformis) differs somewhat from the common redbud, but it takes a botanist to point out the differences.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • But as all our genera, save Cercis, fall under the first, we shall describe that only.

British Dictionary definitions for cercis


  1. any tree or shrub of the leguminous genus Cercis, which includes the redbud and Judas tree
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Word Origin for cercis

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