ziz·​i·​phus | \ ˈzizəfəs \

Definition of ziziphus

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 plural -es : any plant of the genus Ziziphus

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History and Etymology for ziziphus

New Latin, from Latin zizyphus jujube tree, from zizyphum jujube

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“Ziziphus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ziziphus. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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