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[joo-joob] /ˈdʒu dʒub/
a small candy or lozenge of gum arabic, gelatin, or the like and fruit flavoring.
Origin of jujube
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin jujuba < Latin zīziphum < Greek zízyphon jujube tree Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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
  • In size, the character of its trunk and its leaves, it closely resembles the jujube tree.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2) Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  • Cyprus had once a lucrative trade with Syria, in the oil extracted from the seed of the jujube tree.

    Cyprus Franz von Lher
  • An Abernethy biscuit and perhaps if they are good a jujube, and then ‘Good night,’ and down with their head on the pillow.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • O Rakshasas, I have come with my brothers to the jujube named Visala.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
  • They went to Falaise for a jujube, and, even under the apothecary's own eyes, they submitted his paste to the test of water.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for jujube


any of several Old World spiny rhamnaceous trees of the genus Ziziphus, esp Z. jujuba, that have small yellowish flowers and dark red edible fruits See also Christ's-thorn
the fruit of any of these trees
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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