ziziphus

noun ziz·i·phus \ˈzizəfəs\

Definition of ziziphus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large genus of spiny chiefly tropical American and Asiatic shrubs (family Rhamnaceae) having triple-veined leaves and small cymose flowers with a 2-celled ovary — see christ's-thorn, jujube, lotus tree

  2. 2 plural -es :  any plant of the genus Ziziphus

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Origin and Etymology of ziziphus

New Latin, from Latin zizyphus jujube tree, from zizyphum jujube — more at jujube


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