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pomegranate

[pom-gran-it, pom-i-, puhm-]
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noun
  1. a chambered, many-seeded, globose fruit, having a tough, usually red rind and surmounted by a crown of calyx lobes, the edible portion consisting of pleasantly acid flesh developed from the outer seed coat.
  2. the shrub or small tree, Punica granatum, that bears it, native to southwestern Asia but widely cultivated in warm regions.
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Origin of pomegranate

1275–1325; Middle English poumgarnet, pomegarnade (< Old French pome grenate, pome gernete), representing Medieval Latin pōmum grānātum literally, seedy apple. See pome, grenade
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  • At the first noise of their entrance, Proserpina withdrew the pomegranate from her mouth.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The crisp, cool masses of the pomegranate were dotted with scarlet flowers.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • In Madras, a branch of the pomegranate tree is usually stuck in.

  • They are broad and richly bordered with palms and pomegranate.

    In Mesopotamia

    Martin Swayne

  • The pomegranate was so violently thrown that it burst in pieces.


British Dictionary definitions for pomegranate

pomegranate

noun
  1. an Asian shrub or small tree, Punica granatum, cultivated in semitropical regions for its edible fruit: family Punicaceae
  2. the many-chambered globular fruit of this tree, which has tough reddish rind, juicy red pulp, and many seeds
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French pome grenate, from Latin pōmum apple + grenate, from Latin grānātum, from grānātus full of seeds
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Word Origin and History for pomegranate

n.

c.1300, poumgarnet (a metathesized form), from Old French pome grenate (Modern French grenade) and directly from Medieval Latin pomum granatum, literally "apple with many seeds," from pome "apple; fruit" (see Pomona) + grenate "having grains," from Latin granata, fem. of granatus, from granum "grain" (see grain). The classical Latin name was malum granatum "seeded apple." Italian form is granata, Spanish is granada. The -gra- spelling restored in English early 15c.

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