- 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.
- the shrub or small tree, Punica granatum, that bears it, native to southwestern Asia but widely cultivated in warm regions.
Origin of pomegranate
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Examples from the Web for pomegranate
Historians hypothesize that the fruit in the Garden of Eden was a pomegranate, not an apple.
Persephone snacked on pomegranate seeds in Hades and now our gas bills rocket in January.
This still is from a video called “Pomegranate”, in the new solo show by Ori Gersht at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.Stillness Comes To Life
August 27, 2012
In a mixing bowl mix the pomegranate concentrate, lemon juice, peppers and salt and set a side for 20 minutes.
Mix the beets with the pomegranate seeds, cilantro and the sauce.
At the first noise of their entrance, Proserpina withdrew the pomegranate from her mouth.Tanglewood Tales
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.The Faith of Islam
They are broad and richly bordered with palms and pomegranate.In Mesopotamia
The pomegranate was so violently thrown that it burst in pieces.
- an Asian shrub or small tree, Punica granatum, cultivated in semitropical regions for its edible fruit: family Punicaceae
- the many-chambered globular fruit of this tree, which has tough reddish rind, juicy red pulp, and many seeds
Word Origin and History for pomegranate
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.