Judas tree

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Judas tree

n.
See redbud.

[From the belief that Judas Iscariot hanged himself on such a tree.]

Judas tree

n
(Plants) small Eurasian leguminous tree, Cercis siliquastrum, with pinkish-purple flowers that bloom before the leaves appear: popularly thought to be the tree on which Judas hanged himself. See also redbud

Ju′das tree`


n.
1. a purple-flowered Eurasian tree, Cercis siliquastrum, of the legume family, supposed to be the kind of tree upon which Judas hanged himself.
2. any of various other trees of the same genus, as the redbud.
[1660–70]
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Noun1.Judas tree - small tree of the eastern Mediterranean having abundant purplish-red flowers growing on old wood directly from stems and appearing before the leaves: widely cultivated in mild regionsJudas tree - small tree of the eastern Mediterranean having abundant purplish-red flowers growing on old wood directly from stems and appearing before the leaves: widely cultivated in mild regions; wood valuable for veneers
Cercis, genus Cercis - deciduous shrubs and trees of eastern Asia, southern Europe and the United States
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
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Alien taxa (national and/or regional) were generally not considered; however, Abies alba (doubtfully native for Lazio), Olea europaea, and Cercis siliquastrum (both naturalized to Abruzzo), were considered in both regions.
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Another shrub with an Easter theme is cercis siliquastrum, known as the Judas tree as Judas Iscariot is said to have hanged himself from one.
Cercidiphyllum, so called because its leaves resemble those of the Judas tree, Cercis siliquastrum, is a handsome tree.
I expect to see him hanging by his neck from a cercis siliquastrum as soon as DISY 'money movers' are indicted -- if ever
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