juniper

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noun ju·ni·per \ˈjü-nə-pər\

Definition of juniper

  1. 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. 2 :  any of several coniferous trees resembling true junipers

Origin and Etymology of juniper

Middle English junipere, from Latin juniperus


First Known Use: 14th century


JUNIPER Defined for English Language Learners

juniper

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noun ju·ni·per \ˈjü-nə-pər\

Definition of juniper for English Language Learners

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


JUNIPER Defined for Kids

juniper

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noun ju·ni·per \ˈjü-nə-pər\

Definition of juniper for Students

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


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juniper

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noun ju·ni·per \ˈjü-nə-pər\

Medical Definition of juniper

  1. :  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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