Arbor Judæ

Said to be so called because Judas Iscariot hanged himself thereon. This is one of those

word-resemblances so delusive to etymologists. Judæ is the Spanish judia (a French bean), and Arbor Judæ is a corruption of Arbol Judia (the bean-tree), so called from its bean-like pods.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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