a. Any of various evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Cupressus, native to Eurasia and North America and having opposite, scalelike leaves and globose woody cones.
b. Any of several similar or related coniferous trees, such as the bald cypress.
c. The wood of any of these trees.
2. Cypress branches used as a symbol of mourning.
[Middle English cipres, from Old French, from Late Latin cypressus, probably blend of Latin cupressus and cyparissus (from Greek kuparissos).]
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