1. [syn: western redbud, California redbud, Cercis occidentalis]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Judas \Ju"das\, n.
The disciple who betrayed Christ. Hence: A treacherous
person; one who betrays under the semblance of friendship. --
a. Treacherous; betraying.
Judas hole, a peephole or secret opening for spying.
(a) a deceitful and treacherous kiss.
(b) an act appearing to be an act of friendship, which is in
fact harmful to the recipient.
Judas tree (Bot.), a leguminous tree of the genus Cercis,
with pretty, rose-colored flowers in clusters along the
branches. Judas is said to have hanged himself on a tree
of this genus (Cercis Siliquastrum). Cercis Canadensis
and Cercis occidentalis are the American species, and
are called also redbud.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: shrub of western United States having pink or crimson
flowers; often forms thickets [syn: western redbud,
California redbud, Cercis occidentalis]