• WordNet 3.6
    • n Cercis deciduous shrubs and trees of eastern Asia, southern Europe and the United States
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cercis A small genus of trees or shrubs, of the natural order Leguminosæ. They have simple, broad, generally two-lobed leaves, and rose-colored flowers, appearing before the leaves. The best-known species in the old world is C. Siliquastrum, commonly called the Judas-tree, from the tradition that it was upon a tree of this sort, standing near Jerusalem, that Judas Iscariot hanged himself. It is common on the shores of Asia Minor and in all the East. C. Canadensis, of the United States, is known as the red-bud.
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In literature:

The Cercis tree is also well adapted for lawns.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
At the base of the tail-feelers or cerci also, there are little tufts of thread-like gills as J.A.
"The Life-Story of Insects" by Geo. H. Carpenter
Anal fork: applied to the cerci of Coleopterous larvae.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The carabid larva is an active well-armoured grub with the legs and cerci variable in length.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
Methodically he checked his pressure gauges, set the controls and looked at Cercy.
"Diplomatic Immunity" by Robert Sheckley
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
The appendages of the abdomen are called cerci, stylets and gonapophyses.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
Cercis Canadensis L. Pulse family.
"Texas Honey Plants" by C. E. Sanborn

In news:

The redbud (Cercis canadensis) has another name, the Judas tree.