- a purple-flowered Eurasian tree, Cercis siliquastrum, of the legume family, supposed to be the kind upon which Judas hanged himself.
- any of various other trees of the same genus, as the redbud.
Origin of Judas tree
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Senators were less ornamental than the dogwood or even the judas-tree.The Education of Henry Adams
It is the person to whom, beside the Judas-tree, she had framed that bitter message.
Bitterness, such as had seized upon her by the Judas-tree, is rising again in her.
His daughter smiled, and asked him some idle question about the May-apple and the Judas-tree.Audrey
The Judas-tree was red, the dogwood white, the honey-locust a breath from Eden.A Woman Named Smith
Marie Conway Oemler
- small Eurasian leguminous tree, Cercis siliquastrum, with pinkish-purple flowers that bloom before the leaves appear: popularly thought to be the tree on which Judas hanged himselfSee also redbud