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Judas tree

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noun
  1. a purple-flowered Eurasian tree, Cercis siliquastrum, of the legume family, supposed to be the kind upon which Judas hanged himself.
  2. any of various other trees of the same genus, as the redbud.
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Origin of Judas tree

First recorded in 1660–70
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Examples from the Web for judas tree

Historical Examples

  • Senators were less ornamental than the dogwood or even the judas-tree.

    The Education of Henry Adams

    Henry Adams

  • It is the person to whom, beside the Judas-tree, she had framed that bitter message.

    Doctor Cupid

    Rhoda Broughton

  • Bitterness, such as had seized upon her by the Judas-tree, is rising again in her.

    Doctor Cupid

    Rhoda Broughton

  • His daughter smiled, and asked him some idle question about the May-apple and the Judas-tree.

    Audrey

    Mary Johnston

  • The Judas-tree was red, the dogwood white, the honey-locust a breath from Eden.

    A Woman Named Smith

    Marie Conway Oemler


British Dictionary definitions for judas tree

Judas tree

noun
  1. 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
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