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jujube

[joo-joob]
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noun
  1. a small candy or lozenge of gum arabic, gelatin, or the like and fruit flavoring.
  2. Chinese date.

Origin of jujube

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin jujuba < Latin zīziphum < Greek zízyphon jujube tree
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Examples from the Web for jujube

Historical Examples

  • In Algeria the jujube is only cultivated or half-wild.953 So also in Spain.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants

    Alphonse De Candolle

  • She had bought for herself some jujube paste, but in returning had lost the other dime.

  • There 'r' jujube paste patties, macaroons, and sangaree, Mars' Li'nel.

    Maid Sally

    Harriet A. Cheever

  • The lotus bean, or jujube, is really eaten in Africa, but not with these effects.

  • The Sun was a spears-length high703 when we reached the foot of the Sanjid (Jujube)-valley and dismounted.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan


British Dictionary definitions for jujube

jujube

noun
  1. any of several Old World spiny rhamnaceous trees of the genus Ziziphus, esp Z. jujuba, that have small yellowish flowers and dark red edible fruitsSee also Christ's-thorn
  2. the fruit of any of these trees
  3. a chewy sweet made of flavoured gelatine and sometimes medicated to soothe sore throats
Also called (for senses 1, 2): Chinese date

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin jujuba, modification of Latin zīzyphum, from Greek zizuphon
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Word Origin and History for jujube

n.

late 14c., "date-like fruit from a tree found in Asia," from Medieval Latin jujuba (plural), from Late Latin zizyphum, from zizyphus, an Asiatic tree with datelike fruit, from Greek zizyphon, from Persian zayzafun. The meaning "soft candy with date-like flavor" first recorded 1835.

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