- an island republic in the Mediterranean, S of Turkey: formerly a British colony; independent since 1960. 3572 sq. mi. (9250 sq. km). Capital: Nicosia.
- a fine, thin fabric resembling lawn or crepe, formerly used in black for mourning garments and trimmings.
Origin of cypress2
Examples from the Web for cyprus
As of Wednesday, there were suspected Ebola patients in hospitals in Cyprus, Rome, Brussels, Paris and London.Europe’s Hidden Ebola Cases
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 15, 2014
The clearest precursor of this scenario was Helios Airways Flight 522 flying from Cyprus to Athens in August 2005.The Flight 370 Zombie Theory Rises From the Dead
June 26, 2014
Turkey—and the northern half of Cyprus, occupied by its troops since 1974—have been largely left out of the Levant Basin boom.Are These Gas Fields Israel’s Next Warzone?
February 7, 2014
Cyprus and Greece, antagonized for decades by Turkey, were ideal candidates.
Israel was also due to host the Cyprus air force in a multinational drill this month.
Ten years ago was the time, a garrison town in Cyprus the place.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Cotton-spinning had then begun, the cotton coming from Cyprus and Smyrna.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
It were, indeed, to weave Cyprus with the garland of the Bride!Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
I returned to my room and sent Petronio for a bottle of Cyprus wine.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Eudemius, as was his custom, took only fruit and one of the light Cyprus wines.Nicanor - Teller of Tales
C. Bryson Taylor
- an island in the E Mediterranean: ceded to Britain by Turkey in 1878 and made a colony in 1925; became an independent republic in 1960 as a member of the Commonwealth; invaded by Turkey in 1974 following a Greek-supported military coup, leading to the partition of the island. In 1983 the Turkish-controlled northern sector declared itself to be an independent state as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus but failed to receive international recognition. Attempts by the UN to broker a reunification agreement have failed. Cyprus joined the EU in 2004. The UK maintains two enclaves as military bases (Akrotiri and Dhekelia Sovereign Base Areas), which are not included in Cyprus politically. Languages: Greek and Turkish. Religions: Greek Orthodox and Muslim. Currency: euro and Turkish lira. Capital: Nicosia. Pop (Greek): 838 897 (2011 est); (Turkish): 265 100 (2006 est). Area: 9251 sq km (3571 sq miles)
- 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
- a fabric, esp a fine silk, lawn, or crepelike material, often black and worn as mourning
Word Origin and History for cyprus
eatern Mediterranean island, from Greek Kypros "land of cypress trees" (see cypress).
type of evergreen tree (sacred to Pluto), late 12c., from Old French cipres (12c., Modern French cyprès), from Late Latin cypressus, from Latin cupressus, from Greek kyparissos, probably from an unknown pre-Greek Mediterranean language. Perhaps related to Hebrew gopher, name of the tree whose wood was used to make the ark (Gen. vi:14).