- a legendary character condemned to roam without rest because he struck Christ on the day of the Crucifixion.
- Also wandering Jew, Wan·der·ing-jew [won-der-ing-joo] /ˈwɒn dər ɪŋˈdʒu/. Also called inch plant. any of various trailing or creeping plants, as Zebrina pendula or Tradescantia fluminensis, having green or variegated leaves: a popular houseplant.
Origin of Wandering Jew
First recorded in 1625–35
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The Federal commander gave up the attempt in despair, and resumed his Wandering-Jew march.Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee and his Paladins
John Esten Cooke
This Wandering-Jew sort of a life is demoralizing me fast: I cannot hold out much longer.
- (in medieval legend) a character condemned to roam the world eternally because he mocked Christ on the day of the Crucifixion
- any of several related creeping or trailing plants of tropical America, esp Tradescantia fluminensis and Zebrina pendula: family Commelinaceae
- Australian a similar creeping plant of the genus Commelina
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