cypress definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English cipres ; from Old French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin cypressus, for Classical Latin cupressus ; from Classical Greek kyparissos
- any of a genus (Cupressus) of evergreen, cone-bearing trees of the cypress family, native to North America, Europe, and Asia, with dark foliage and a distinctive symmetrical form
- any of a number of related trees, including the baldcypress and white cedar
- the wood of any of these trees
- the branches or sprigs of the cypress, used as a symbol of mourning
Origin: Middle English cipres, after Old French Cipre, Cyprus
cypress definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Any of various evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Cupressus, native to Eurasia and North America and having opposite, scalelike leaves and globose woody cones.b. Any of several similar or related coniferous trees, such as the bald cypress.c. The wood of any of these trees.
- Cypress branches used as a symbol of mourning.
Origin: Middle English cipres, from Old French, from Late Latin cypressus, probably blend of Latin cupressus and cyparissus (from Greek kuparissos).