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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The tent is covered with pomegranates, themselves symbols of Christ’s passion. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "On the Brink of the Savior’s Arrival," 12 Oct. 2018 Turn the classic Cosmo into a holiday treat with a little pomegranate. Good Housekeeping, "Christmas Cosmos," 3 Dec. 2013 In 2012, a Taliban suicide bomber destroyed one of Kandahar’s fledgling pomegranate-juice factories. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "In Kandahar, U.S. Troops Remain, Even if Salsa Night Is Gone," 9 Aug. 2018 Combine garlic, yogurt, ⅓ cup pomegranate molasses, 2 Tbsp. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Pomegranate-Glazed Chicken with Buttery Pine Nuts," 19 Mar. 2018 The 82 stone villas are set among date palms, pomegranate trees, and wandering sandy paths. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Dubai," 4 Mar. 2018 For something lighter, order the watermelon salad with pomegranate, mint, and ricotta. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 Check out $6 strawberry, pomegranate and mango varieties (regularly $10.25). Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Stay refreshed with these National Mojito Day deals," 10 July 2018 These organic sheet masks out of California use Vitamin C from pomegranate and orange peels to even out, lift and revitalize the skin. Ula Primrose & Immortelle Serum ($40 at ulabotanic.com). Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Overstressed? 15 wellness trends to help you relax," 3 July 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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