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cypress1

[sahy-pruh s] /ˈsaɪ prəs/
noun
1.
any of several evergreen coniferous trees constituting the genus Cupressus, having dark-green, scalelike, overlapping leaves.
2.
any of various other coniferous trees of allied genera, as the bald cypress.
3.
any of various unrelated plants resembling the true cypress.
4.
the wood of these trees or plants.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English cypresse < Late Latin cypressus, apparently blend of Latin cupressus and cyparissus < Greek kypárissos; replacing Middle English cipres < Anglo-French, Old French < Late Latin, as above

cypress2

[sahy-pruh s] /ˈsaɪ prəs/
noun, Obsolete
1.
a fine, thin fabric resembling lawn or crepe, formerly used in black for mourning garments and trimmings.
Also, cyprus.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English cipre(s), cyprus, after Cyprus

Cypress

[sahy-pruh s] /ˈsaɪ prəs/
noun
1.
a city in SW California.
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British Dictionary definitions for cypress

cypress1

/ˈsaɪprəs/
noun
1.
any coniferous tree of the N temperate genus Cupressus, having dark green scalelike leaves and rounded cones: family Cupressaceae See also Leyland cypress
2.
any of several similar and related trees, such as the widely cultivated Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Lawson's cypress), of the western US
3.
any of various other coniferous trees, esp the swamp cypress
4.
the wood of any of these trees
Word Origin
Old English cypresse, from Latin cyparissus, from Greek kuparissos; related to Latin cupressus

cypress2

/ˈsaɪprəs/
noun
1.
a fabric, esp a fine silk, lawn, or crepelike material, often black and worn as mourning
Word Origin
C14 cyprus from the island of Cyprus
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Word Origin and History for cypress
n.

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).

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cypress in the Bible

(Heb. tirzah, "hardness"), mentioned only in Isa. 44:14 (R.V., "holm tree"). The oldest Latin version translates this word by ilex, i.e., the evergreen oak, which may possibly have been the tree intended; but there is great probability that our Authorized Version is correct in rendering it "cypress." This tree grows abundantly on the mountains of Hermon. Its wood is hard and fragrant, and very durable. Its foliage is dark and gloomy. It is an evergreen (Cupressus sempervirens). "Throughout the East it is used as a funereal tree; and its dark, tall, waving plumes render it peculiarly appropriate among the tombs."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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