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cypress

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[ sahy-pruhs ]
/ ˈsaɪ prəs /
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noun

any of several evergreen coniferous trees constituting the genus Cupressus, having dark-green, scalelike, overlapping leaves.
any of various other coniferous trees of allied genera, as the bald cypress.
any of various unrelated plants resembling the true cypress.
the wood of these trees or plants.

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Origin of cypress

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before 1000; Middle English, Old English cypresse<Late Latin cypressus, apparently blend of Latin cupressus and cyparissus<Greek kypárissos; replacing Middle English cipres<Anglo-French, Old French <Late Latin, as above

Definition for cypress (2 of 3)

cypress2

or cy·prus

[ sahy-pruhs ]
/ ˈsaɪ prəs /

noun Obsolete.

a fine, thin fabric resembling lawn or crepe, formerly used in black for mourning garments and trimmings.

Origin of cypress

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1350–1400; Middle English cipre(s), cyprus, after Cyprus

Definition for cypress (3 of 3)

Cypress
[ sahy-pruhs ]
/ ˈsaɪ prəs /

noun

a city in SW California.
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British Dictionary definitions for cypress (1 of 2)

cypress1
/ (ˈsaɪprəs) /

noun

any coniferous tree of the N temperate genus Cupressus, having dark green scalelike leaves and rounded cones: family CupressaceaeSee also Leyland cypress
any of several similar and related trees, such as the widely cultivated Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Lawson's cypress), of the western US
any of various other coniferous trees, esp the swamp cypress
the wood of any of these trees

Word Origin for cypress

Old English cypresse, from Latin cyparissus, from Greek kuparissos; related to Latin cupressus

British Dictionary definitions for cypress (2 of 2)

cypress2

cyprus

/ (ˈsaɪprəs) /

noun

a fabric, esp a fine silk, lawn, or crepelike material, often black and worn as mourning

Word Origin for cypress

C14 cyprus from the island of Cyprus
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