One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several cypress trees comprising or formerly included in the genus Taxodium, now chiefly restricted to two trees of southern North America and Mexico, the bald cypress, T. distichum, of the southern United States, and the Mexican cypress, T. mucronatum (also called ahuehuete). Also (in form Taxodium): the genus itself.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Helen Maria Williams (1761–1827), writer. From scientific Latin Taxodium, genus name from classical Latin taxus yew + post-classical Latin -odium.
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