One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various coniferous trees constituting the Australasian genus Callitris (family Cupressaceae), typically having scale-like leaves; also called cypress pine. Also (in form Callitris): the genus itself.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Brown (1757–1831), writer on agriculture. From scientific Latin Callitris, genus name from ancient Greek καλλι-, combining form of κάλλος beauty + τρεῖς three, referring to the arrangement of the leaves in whorls of three.
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