From Old French cipres (French cyprès), from Ancient Greek κυπάρισσος (kupárissos), probably from an unknown Mediterranean Pre-Greek language; see Hebrew גפר (gopher), the name of the tree whose wood was used to make the ark (Genesis. vi:14).
cypress (plural cypresses)
- An evergreen coniferous tree with flattened shoots bearing small scale-like leaves, whose dark foliage is sometimes associated with mourning, in family Cupressaceae, especially the genera Cupressus and Chamaecyparis
- silk or cotton gauze fabric, usually black