pome·​gran·​ate | \ ˈpä-mə-ˌgra-nət How to pronounce pomegranate (audio) ; ˈpäm-ˌgra-nət, ˈpəm- How to pronounce pomegranate (audio) \

Definition of pomegranate

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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Recent Examples on the Web Pregnant skin will find a friend in Pai Skincare’s rich two-step pomegranate-and-pumpkin duo, which was designed to help stretching without any itching and scarring. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "9 Pumpkin Skin-Care Products for Bright, Glowing Skin This Fall and Beyond," 2 Oct. 2020 The idea is that the amount of seeds in a pomegranate is equal to number of commandments, 613, given to the Jews. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "'We really go all out': How food ties this Phoenix teacher to her roots for Rosh Hashana," 19 Sep. 2020 Our thoughts: While the pomegranate overshadows the lemon, this one has just the right amount of sweetness. cleveland, "Ranking 95 lemonades from local grocery stores for National Lemonade Day," 20 Aug. 2020 This skincare five-piece relies heavily on the superfruit pomegranate, which is loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C—both of which are thought to aid in photoprotection and promote anti-aging. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "You can get exclusive Estée Lauder gift sets at an incredible value at Nordstrom right now," 15 Aug. 2020 The backyard has a variety of fruit trees, from pomegranate to plum to apple. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, "'Grow it if we can': Aquaponics pioneer reimagines food in victory gardens, 'edible landscapes'," 11 Aug. 2020 The farmers take advantage of the cool climate to grow pomegranates, pears and roses, which are used to make rose water. Ian James, azcentral, "Ancient aqueducts in Oman imperiled by modern wells and climate change," 28 Nov. 2019 Photo: Dion Nissenbaum/The Wall Street Journal The U.S. has been trying to promote pomegranates as a path to peace for more than a decade. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "In Kandahar, U.S. Troops Remain, Even if Salsa Night Is Gone," 9 Aug. 2018 The recipe calls for pomegranate and chocolate on top, but use whatever garnish you like. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Easy Desserts You Need to Make Now," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of pomegranate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pomegranate

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

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16 Oct 2020

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“Pomegranate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomegranate. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pomegranate

: a round, red fruit that has a thick skin and many large seeds


pome·​gran·​ate | \ ˈpä-mə-ˌgra-nət How to pronounce pomegranate (audio) , ˈpäm-ˌgra- \

Kids Definition of pomegranate

: a reddish fruit that has a thick leathery skin and many seeds in a pulp of tart flavor and that grows on a tropical Asian tree


pome·​gran·​ate | \ ˈpäm-(ə-)ˌgran-ət How to pronounce pomegranate (audio) , ˈpəm-ˌgran- How to pronounce pomegranate (audio) \

Medical Definition of pomegranate

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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