One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small cypress tree, Cupressus macnabiana (family Cupressaceae), with grey-green leaves, native to northern California.
Late 19th century. In some forms from the genitive of the name of James MacNab, curator of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh + cypress.
Macnab cypress/məkˌnab ˈsʌɪprɪs/
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