pomegranate

noun

pome·​gran·​ate ˈpä-mə-ˌgra-nət How to pronounce pomegranate (audio)
ˈpäm-ˌgra-nət,
ˈpəm- How to pronounce pomegranate (audio)
1
: a several-celled reddish berry that is about the size of an orange with a thick leathery skin and many seeds with pulpy crimson arils of tart flavor
2
: a widely cultivated tropical Asian tree (Punica granatum of the family Punicaceae) bearing pomegranates

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Examples of pomegranate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, a pomegranate, for example, retails for $2.99 at Lidl and Trader Joe’s. Byeleanor Pringle, Fortune, 26 June 2024 Dark garnet in color this wine has an enticing bouquet of pomegranate, cranberry, sage leaves, and freshly ground white pepper. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 14 June 2024 Cocktail kits, featuring three 4-ounce mixers, are available in two varieties: modern, featuring strawberry pomegranate, pear honey vanilla lime and rosemary lemon honey; and classic, with grapefruit jalapeno, cucumber mint lime and pineapple basil lime. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 13 June 2024 Some fans are lined up at the bar to purchase the night’s signature drink: a pomegranate cosmo that’s as sickeningly sweet as Charli’s best songs. Jason P. Frank, Vulture, 7 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for pomegranate 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English poumgrenet, from Anglo-French pome garnette, literally, seedy fruit

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Pomegranate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomegranate. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

pomegranate

noun
: a reddish fruit about the size of an orange that has a thick leathery skin and many seeds in a pulp of tart flavor
also : a tropical Asian tree that produces pomegranates
Etymology

Middle English poumgrenet "pomegranate," from early French pomme garnette "pomegranate," literally, "seedy fruit"; pomme from earlier pome "apple" and grenate derived from Latin granum "grain, seed" — related to garnet, grain, grenade see Word History at garnet

Medical Definition

pomegranate

noun
1
: a tart thick-skinned several-celled reddish berry that is about the size of an orange
2
: a widely cultivated tropical Old World tree (Punica granatum of the family Punicaceae) bearing pomegranates and having bark and roots which were formerly used in dried form as a taeniacide

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