Judas tree
Judas Ju"das, n. The disciple who betrayed Christ. Hence: A treacherous person; one who betrays under the semblance of friendship. -- a. Treacherous; betraying. [1913 Webster]

{Judas hole}, a peephole or secret opening for spying.

{Judas kiss}, (a) a deceitful and treacherous kiss. (b) an act appearing to be an act of friendship, which is in fact harmful to the recipient.

{Judas tree} (Bot.), a leguminous tree of the genus {Cercis}, with pretty, rose-colored flowers in clusters along the branches. Judas is said to have hanged himself on a tree of this genus ({Cercis Siliquastrum}). {Cercis Canadensis} and {Cercis occidentalis} are the American species, and are called also {redbud}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Judas tree — n. [from the legend that Judas Iscariot hanged himself on one] CERCIS …   English World dictionary

  • Judas-tree — apskritalapis cercis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Cezalpinijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Cercis siliquastrum), paplitęs pietų Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Cercis siliquastrum angl. Judas tree; Juda’s tree;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Judas tree — Ju′das tree n. 1) pln a purple flowered Eurasian tree, Cercis siliquastrum, of the legume family, supposed to be the kind of tree upon which Judas hanged himself 2) pln any of various other trees of the same genus, as the redbud • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • Judas tree — /ˈdʒudəs tri/ (say joohduhs tree) noun 1. a purple flowered leguminous European and Asian tree, Cercis siliquastrum. 2. any of various other trees of the same genus, as the redbud. {from the popular belief that Judas Iscariot hanged himself on a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Judas tree — noun Etymology: from the belief that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from a tree of this kind Date: 1668 any of a genus (Cercis) of leguminous trees and shrubs (as a redbud) often cultivated for their showy flowers; especially a Eurasian tree or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • judas tree — n. redbud, tree that is native to North America and Eurasia and blossoms with pink bud like flowers before the rounded leaves appear in the spring (believed to be the type of tree opon which Judas Iscariot hanged himself) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Judas tree — 1. a purple flowered Eurasian tree, Cercis siliquastrum, of the legume family, supposed to be the kind upon which Judas hanged himself. 2. any of various other trees of the same genus, as the redbud. [1660 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • Judas tree — noun 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 • Syn: ↑love tree, ↑Circis… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Judas tree — noun A small deciduous tree, Cercis siliquastrum, noted for its prolific display of deep pink flowers in spring …   Wiktionary

  • Judas tree — noun a Mediterranean tree of the pea family, with purple flowers that appear before the rounded leaves. [Cercis siliquastrum.] …   English new terms dictionary

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