AskDefine | Define cypress

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1 wood of any of various cypress trees especially of the genus Cupressus
2 any of numerous evergreen conifers of the genus Cupressus of north temperate regions having dark scalelike leaves and rounded cones [syn: cypress tree]

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see cy pres



From kuparissos.


  • /ˈsaɪ.prəs/
  • Homophones: Cyprus


cypress (plural: cypresses)
  1. An evergreen coniferous tree with flatterned shoots bearing small scale-like leaves, whose dark foliage is sometimes associated with mourning.


an evergreen coniferous tree




Extensive Definition

distinguish Cyprus Cypress is the name applied to many plants in the conifer family Cupressaceae (cypress family). Most plants which bear the common name cypress are in the genera Cupressus and Chamaecyparis, but several other genera in the family also carry the name, including:
The word Cypress is also used as a descriptor for the angiosperm vine in the bindweed family Convolvulaceae, known as the Cypress vine (Ipomoea quamoclit).

Iran's Ancient Cypresses

see Oldest tree Cypress was the first choice for Iranian Gardens (PARDIS). In all of the famous Persian Gardens, such as Fin Garden, Mahaan, Dowlat-Abad, and others, this tree plays a central role in their design. The most ancient living Cypress is located in Abarkooh, near Shiraz. Its age is estimated to be approximately 4000 years.


In Greek mythology, the cypress is associated with the god of the underworld, Hades.
cypress in German: Cypress
cypress in Modern Greek (1453-): Κυπαρίσσι
cypress in French: Cyprès (homonymie)
cypress in Japanese: イトスギ
cypress in Dutch: Cipres
cypress in Portuguese: Cipreste
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