Wandering Jew


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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“Wandering Jew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wandering%20Jew. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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