: a genus (coextensive with the family Punicaceae of the order Myrtales) comprising shrubs or small trees with showy solitary white to deep red sometimes double flowers that have numerous stamens and an ovary with the cells in two rows and are followed by an edible fruit which is technically a berry see pomegranate

Word History


New Latin, from Latin punicum pomegranate, from punicum malum, literally, Punic apple

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“Punica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Punica. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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