an American tree, Cercis canadensis, of the legume family, resembling the Eurasian Judas tree and having small, budlike, pink flowers: the state tree of Oklahoma.
any of various related trees.

Origin of redbud

First recorded in 1695–1705; red1 + bud1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for redbud

Historical Examples of redbud

  • He reached Redbud by and by, to find no Steering, only the little empty shack.

  • The purplish pink of the redbud trees was thick in clumps on the hillsides.

    Back Home

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • No longer are the redbud and the dogwood and the sassafras conspicuous as its heralds.

    The Kentucky Warbler

    James Lane Allen

  • They were the dogwood and the redbud, and each was in full bloom.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills

    Edwin Carlile Litsey

  • It was the merciless loneliness of the effort there at Redbud that had been most effective in dulling Steering's endurance.

British Dictionary definitions for redbud



an American leguminous tree, Cercis canadensis, that has heart-shaped leaves and small budlike pink flowersAlso called: American Judas tree
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