juniper

noun
ju·​ni·​per | \ˈjü-nə-pər \

Definition of juniper 

1a : any of numerous shrubs or trees (genus Juniperus) of the cypress family with leaves resembling needles or scales and female cones usually resembling berries

b : the berrylike cone or fruit of a juniper especially : the bluish one of a common juniper (J. communis) which is used to flavor foods and from which is obtained an acrid essential oil used especially as a flavoring in gin and liqueurs

called also juniper berry

2 : any of several coniferous trees resembling true junipers

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Related stories from Idaho Statesman Farewell, western juniper. Keith Ridler, idahostatesman, "Grazing, not juniper, is behind Idaho species' decline, environmental group says," 29 June 2018 The blood orange spritz flavor is tart, the French 75 has hints of elderflower, juniper, and lemon. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Portable Negronis and spritzes to sip at the beach or pool," 28 June 2018 By 1941, the workers had sculpted the space between Ship and Creation rocks into 70 rows for wooden benches, the aisles flanked by juniper trees. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 July 2018 Green is changeable enough to evoke warmth (sea foam) or cold (juniper). Kaitlin Phillips, Vogue, "Green River Project LLC Debuts Elegant, Lounge-Ready Furniture Alongside Bode’s Menswear," 11 July 2018 Bagworms have been devouring needles of junipers, cedars, cypresses and arborvitae. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "The tough half of the gardening marathon is ahead. Here's how to finish strong," 6 July 2018 The agency plans to remove juniper trees from about 1,100 square miles (2,800 square kilometers) within a 2,600-square-mile (4,200-square kilometer) area in Owyhee County over about 15 years. Washington Post, "Environmental group appeals massive juniper removal in Idaho," 29 June 2018 The group has asked the panel for an injunction to prevent juniper cutting until the appeal process is complete. Washington Post, "Environmental group appeals massive juniper removal in Idaho," 29 June 2018 The smooth-sipping spirit is a mixed drink natural with a prominent nose of citrus zest and muted juniper notes, and is currently available in more than a dozen states and counting. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Top 5 distilleries," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of juniper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for juniper

Middle English junipere, from Latin juniperus

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juniper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of juniper

: an evergreen shrub or tree that has tiny fruits that look like berries

juniper

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ju·​ni·​per | \ˈjü-nə-pər \

Kids Definition of juniper

: an evergreen tree or shrub related to the pines but having tiny cones resembling berries

juniper

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ju·​ni·​per | \ˈjü-nə-pər \

Medical Definition of juniper 

: an evergreen shrub or tree (genus Juniperus) of the cypress family (Cupressaceae) especially : one having a prostrate or shrubby habit (as Juniperus communis)

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