Judas tree


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Judas tree

n.
See redbud.

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