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cypress1

Syllabification: cy·press
Pronunciation: /ˈsīprəs
 
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noun

(also cypress tree)
1An evergreen coniferous tree with small, rounded, woody cones and flattened shoots bearing small, scalelike leaves.
Example sentences
  • The cypress, as an evergreen, represents longevity and endurance.
  • Once clear of the city, the route wound through brand-new housing developments amid palm and cypress trees, live oaks thick with moss, and the pine scrub native to north Florida and southern Georgia.
  • Oriental plane trees, cypresses and elms were planted in straight rows to provide structure and shade, while groves of fruit trees added colour and scent, with blossom in spring and summer and fruit at harvest time.
1.1A cypress tree, or branches from it, as a symbol of mourning.
1.2Used in names of coniferous trees of other families that resemble the cypress, e.g., bald cypress.
Example sentences
  • This conifer, like the bald cypress and pond cypress of the southeastern United States, is deciduous, losing all of its short, soft needles in the autumn.
  • There are graceful conifers such as the Kashmir cypress and great pines earning their keep as windbreaks.
  • Open marsh Sandweed grows extensively beneath bald cypress, pond cypress, swamp bay, swamp tupelo, and other trees.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French cipres, from late Latin cypressus, from Greek kuparissos.

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Cypress2

Syllabification: Cy·press
Pronunciation: /ˈsīprəs
 
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A city in south central California, southeast of Los Angeles; population 47,123 (est. 2008).

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