- 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
Examples from the Web for juniper
Hoffman at Juniper has some advice on how to protect yourself.The Virus in Your Pocket: a Boom in Android Malware
February 16, 2012
Might this be the endgame of the series, to see the Henricksons restored as the rightful custodians of Juniper Creek?'Big Love's Big Comeback
January 12, 2011
Flavors of red plums, juniper, and star anise make it the perfect holiday party red to go with cheeses or chocolate truffles.Holiday Wine and Booze Gift Guide
December 18, 2010
Juniper, which is the principal flavoring of gin, is very fragrant, with a pine scent.Best of the Best
October 6, 2009
They were together in the shadow of a juniper where no man could have seen them.The Trail Book
They were thickly wooded, for the most part with juniper and pine.The Inn at the Red Oak
There's still enough left over to plant a juniper on my grave.Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)
Juniper was very nearly flung off his feet, and was greatly frightened.Cab and Caboose
This is why the leaves of the spruce, the pine, and the juniper are always green.The Book of Nature Myths
- 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 ginSee also red cedar (def. 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 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.