pome·gran·ate | \ ˈpä-mə-ˌgra-nət ; ˈpäm-ˌgra-nət , ˈpəm- \

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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Double up on pomegranate juice and pomegranate molasses to make glazed chicken with buttery pine nuts. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "My Guide to Modern Middle Eastern Cooking," 5 Feb. 2018 Kumquat, pomegranate, lemon and lime trees grow on the land. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Malibu’s Sundance Ranch Asks $18 Million," 24 Apr. 2018 One of Carroll’s favorite dishes is the date truffles with pomegranate, cashew streusel, and torn herbs. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "'Top Chef's' Jennifer Carroll returns to Philly with Spice Finch," 9 July 2018 Bali Juice comes in three varieties — a pure mangosteen juice and two other versions combined with pomegranate and green tea. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Fourth of July BBQ draaaanks that won't blow your diet," 29 June 2018 The dish, which Russ dolls up with pomegranate and radish, has become something of a Clementine signature, and pays tribute to John Russ’ New Orleans upbringing. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Salads turn a new leaf by foregoing the greens," 18 Apr. 2018 The Los Angeles company also packages pomegranate juice, citrus fruits and bottled water. Andrea Fuller, WSJ, "Pistachio Billionaires’ Foundation Lends Millions to Business Associates," 28 June 2018 Expansive skirts on fashionable dress of the period proved the perfect blank canvas to showcase chintzes lush with pomegranates and lotus flowers à la Indiennes. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "This Textile Has Been All Over Vogue—Here’s Where It Came From," 1 June 2018 The farmer-finders, all brothers from the Yang family, had been digging for water to feed their pomegranate and persimmon trees. The Economist, "Zhao Kangmin died on May 16th," 7 June 2018

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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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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 , 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 , ˈpəm-ˌgran- \

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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