Wandering Jew

noun

Definition of Wandering Jew 

1 : a Jew of medieval legend condemned by Christ to wander the earth till Christ's second coming

2 not capitalized W : any of several plants (genera Zebrina and Tradescantia) of the spiderwort family especially : either of two trailing or creeping plants (Z. pendula and T. fluminensis) cultivated for their showy and often white-striped foliage

First Known Use of Wandering Jew

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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