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[joo-nuh-per] /ˈdʒu nə pər/
any evergreen, coniferous shrub or tree of the genus Juniperus, especially J. communis, having cones that resemble dark-blue or blackish berries used in flavoring gin and in medicine as a diuretic.
a tree mentioned in the Old Testament, said to be the retem.
Origin of juniper
1350-1400; Middle English junipere < Latin jūniperus Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is why the leaves of the spruce, the pine, and the juniper are always green.

    The Book of Nature Myths Florence Holbrook
  • When the farmer came up to him he got down from juniper and said, "What are you doing there?"

    Europa's Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs
  • He had walked through a deep forest, and crept through whortleberries and juniper to the top of a steep rock.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
  • The juniper is tuya in that most beautiful of tongues, and tuya from a lady signifies “yours.”

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • Changed as was juniper, the Magus was yet more whimsically metamorphosed.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • They were together in the shadow of a juniper where no man could have seen them.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
British Dictionary definitions for juniper


any coniferous shrub or small tree of the genus Juniperus, of the N hemisphere, having purple berry-like cones. The cones of J. communis (common or dwarf juniper) are used as a flavouring in making gin See also red cedar (sense 1)
any of various similar trees, grown mainly as ornamentals
(Old Testament) one of the trees used in the building of Solomon's temple (I Kings 6:15, 34) and for shipbuilding (Ezekiel 27:5)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin jūniperus, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for juniper

"evergreen shrub," late 14c., from Latin iuniperus (source of French genièvre, Spanish enebro, Portuguese zimbro, Italian ginepro), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to iunco "reed." Watkins has it from PIE *yoini-paros "bearing juniper berries," from *yoi-ni- "juniper berry." Applied to various North American species from 1748. In the Bible, it renders Hebrew rethem, the name of a white-flowered shrub unrelated to the European evergreen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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