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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

Examples of juniper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Burning in grasslands, brush and juniper in the high desert of the state’s northeast corner. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Walker Fire map: Perimeter of California’s biggest wildfire this season," 8 Sep. 2019 Produced in England's oldest gin distillery in copper gin stills dating back to the 19th century, the gin is made from oats and botanicals—including juniper and lavender—planted by the bishops of Winchester in the 1600s. Rachel King, Fortune, "The Iconic Castle on ‘Downton Abbey’ Is Bringing Its London Dry Gin to the U.S.," 17 Aug. 2019 The 232 square miles of Zion are absolutely packed with stunning canyons, some dizzyingly deep, narrow and windy, sandstone cliffs as high as 2,000 feet, and winding rivers that flow over waterfalls supporting colorful plants and juniper trees. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Very Best National Parks You Need to Visit," 5 Sep. 2019 Its highlands are covered in the green of juniper trees. Washington Post, "Saudi festival showcases green mountains, flower crowns," 30 Aug. 2019 But, ah, the seafood: The Lobster Grilled Cheese ($16) has a blend of cheddar and goat cheeses, chunks of lobster on buttered and toasted bread, and is served with a tangy tomato jam seasoned with juniper and allspice. Barbara Ellis, The Know, "Take a peek inside Maine Shack, a New England seafood spot opening Tuesday in LoHi," 26 July 2019 Favorite flavors: Purple Rain, with blueberries and ginger root, and Believe, a mossy green tonic supercharged with lemon balm, juniper berries, and chlorella. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Forget Keychains, Local Kombucha Is Our Must-Buy Travel Item," 28 Aug. 2019 Officials say the multiyear project that started this spring could become a template for other western states, as junipers have expanded due to fire-suppression by humans and are taking over vast sagebrush areas and forcing out sage grouse. USA TODAY, "‘Stranger’ tourists, Phish and the plague, kinkajou attack: News from around our 50 states," 22 Aug. 2019 In the north, toss together smoked char, chanterelles, juniper berries and wood sorrel. Andrea Sachs,, "Forest to table: An invitation to a DIY dining adventure in Sweden," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of juniper

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


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

Kids Definition of juniper

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


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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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