juniper

noun

ju·​ni·​per ˈjü-nə-pər How to pronounce juniper (audio)
1
a
: 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

Examples of juniper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stargazing here engages all the senses: Listen for hoots and howls from the owls and coyotes that call the park home and take in the scents of pinon pines and juniper on summer nights. Brittany Anas, The Denver Post, 25 June 2024 One of the marquee drives in America’s national park system, the two-lane Tioga Road bisects Yosemite’s alpine center, passing through subalpine meadows and forests of lodgepole pine and juniper. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 11 June 2024 As the fires consumed dry grass, pine, juniper, and conifer, around 8,000 people were forced to evacuate. Cybele Mayes-Osterman, USA TODAY, 21 June 2024 How big does Sea of Gold juniper get? 'Sea of Gold' (Juniperus x pfitzeriana 'Monsan') is another juniper variety with striking golden-yellow foliage. Nadia Hassani, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for juniper 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English junipere, from Latin juniperus

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of juniper was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Juniper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juniper. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

juniper

noun
ju·​ni·​per ˈjü-nə-pər How to pronounce juniper (audio)
1
a
: any of numerous evergreen shrubs and trees that are related to the pines but produce female cones resembling berries
b
: the berrylike cone or fruit of a juniper
2
: any of various evergreen trees resembling true junipers

Medical Definition

juniper

noun
ju·​ni·​per ˈjü-nə-pər How to pronounce juniper (audio)
: 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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