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Judas tree

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
1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But when she reaches the seat under the judas-tree, the kingdom of Thomas the Rhymer is gone, and reality is here in its stead.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
  • Senators were less ornamental than the dogwood or even the judas-tree.

  • Here and there a negro log cabin alone disturbed the dogwood and the judas-tree, the azalea and the laurel.

  • 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
  • By April, or earlier, our interior hills and valleys begin to show the rosy blossoms of the judas-tree.

  • Near Taylor the judas-tree was in purple bloom, and further away the Japanese cherries lifted pink sprays against a soft grey sky.

    A Book of Bryn Mawr Stories Marian T. MacIntosh
  • The first thing to admire is the garden once more, with its verdant cedars of Lebanon and a judas-tree bent beneath its blood.

British Dictionary definitions for judas-tree

Judas tree

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 himself See also redbud
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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