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  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}). 




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