Meaning of Judas tree

Ju'das tree"

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  1. a purple-flowered Eurasian tree, Cercis siliquastrum, of the legume family, supposed to be the kind upon which Judas hanged himself.
  2. any of various other trees of the same genus, as the redbud.
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