[ sur-sis ]
/ ˈsɜr sɪs /
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
Words nearby cercis
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Example sentences from the Web for cercis
But as all our genera, save Cercis, fall under the first, we shall describe that only.The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits|Mary Elizabeth Parsons
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
British Dictionary definitions for cercis
/ (ˈsɜːsɪs) /
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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