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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cypress  \Cy"press\  (s?"pr?s),  n.;  pl  {Cypresses}  (-?z).  [OE. 
  cipres,  cipresse  OF  cipres,  F.  cypr?s,  L.  cupressus, 
  cyparissus  (cf.  the  usual  Lat.  form  cupressus),  fr  Gr  ????, 
  perh.  of  Semitic  origin;  cf  Heb.  g?pher,  Gen.  vi  14.]  (Bot) 
  A  coniferous  tree  of  the  genus  {Cupressus}.  The  species  are 
  mostly  evergreen,  and  have  wood  remarkable  for  its 
  durability. 
 
  Note:  Among  the  trees  called  cypress  are  the  common  Oriental 
  cypress,  {Cupressus  sempervirens},  the  evergreen 
  American  cypress,  {C.  thyoides}  (now  called 
  {Chamaecyparis  sphaeroidea}),  and  the  deciduous 
  American  cypress,  {Taxodium  distichum}.  As  having 
  anciently  been  used  at  funerals,  and  to  adorn  tombs, 
  the  Oriental  species  is  an  emblem  of  mourning  and 
  sadness. 
 
  {Cypress  vine}  (Bot.),  a  climbing  plant  with  red  or  white 
  flowers  ({Ipot[oe]a  Quamoclit},  formerly  {Quamoclit 
  vulgaris}). 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cypress 
  n  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}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Cypress,  AL 
  Zip  code(s):  35474 
  Cypress,  CA  (city,  FIPS  17750) 
  Location:  33.81635  N,  118.03791  W 
  Population  (1990):  42655  (14715  housing  units) 
  Area:  17.1  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  90630 
  Cypress,  IL  (village,  FIPS  18251) 
  Location:  37.36550  N,  89.01904  W 
  Population  (1990):  275  (128  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.9  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  62923 
  Cypress,  TX 
  Zip  code(s):  77429,  77433 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Cypress 
  (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." 
 




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