One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The edible berry-like fruit of a Eurasian plant, formerly taken as a cough cure.
- ‘While there, I succumbed to the impulse buy of jujubes.’
- ‘Wild jujubes, a type of fruit widely seen in north China, symbolizes the straightforward, faithful and resolute character of northern Chinese represented by Shanxi merchants.’
- ‘Sweet muscadine grapes, blackberries, apples, jujubes and a host of other fruits will be available at these upcoming sales.’
- ‘Roger Meyer made essentially the same discovery about the jujube several years ago - by accident.’
- ‘The bride is fed jujubes, a date like fruit, to increase the chance of having a son in the near future.’
- 1.1North American A jujube-flavoured lozenge or sweet.
- ‘There were other rooms full of almonds, which they stripped and bleached and converted also into fine flour; or they turned boxes of gelatine into Turkish delight and jujubes.’
2The shrub or small tree that produces the jujube fruit, native to the warmer regions of Eurasia.
- ‘Aggressive planting of hawthorn, pyracantha, creeping juniper, holly, Chinese jujube, roses, blackthorn or prickly ash will help deter criminals.’
- ‘Thus, farmers say they stake their livestock under the hot shade of the Indian jujube in the winter but they put them under the cool shade of sissoo in the summer.’
- ‘The Indian jujube has leaves that are woolly beneath instead of smooth like the Chinese jujube.’
- ‘Plant jujube in a location that receives full sun and has well-drained soil with a neutral or slightly alkaline pH.’
Late Middle English: from French, or from medieval Latin jujuba, based on Greek zizuphos.
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