One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen shrub or small tree which bears berry-like cones, widely distributed throughout Eurasia and North America. Many kinds have aromatic cones or foliage.
Genus Juniperus, family Cupressaceae: many species, including the common juniper (J. communis), the berries of which are used for flavouring gin
- ‘Green foliage must remain on any branches of junipers that are cut back.’
- ‘To make it more homely they planted oaks and junipers and many other exotic plants and trees.’
- ‘A huge fir tree growing up through the junipers blocked much of the view.’
- ‘Evergreen plants, including dwarf conifers such as hemlocks, junipers, pines, and spruces, can form a backbone to anchor the design of a rock garden.’
- ‘The sun shone through the trees - red firs, junipers, lodgepole pines, aspens, and mountain hemlocks.’
- ‘Other than our voices, the only sound was that of the wind gusting through the junipers.’
- ‘Winter birds prefer evergreens like holly and junipers, which provide shelter and food.’
- ‘Conifers come into their own here, as they can withstand the exposure; spruce, fir, junipers and yew dominate the planting.’
- ‘We measured canopy closure, number of juniper and hardwood trees, and foliage cover of junipers and hardwoods.’
- ‘Other evergreen shrubs such as juniper would be good candidates for cold-winter areas.’
- ‘Evergreens and shrubs - including junipers and hollies - offer protection.’
- ‘Particularly in northern regions, evergreens such as hemlocks, pines, spruces, and junipers provide essential protection, as well as seed crops and nesting sites.’
- ‘Spores produced on these leaves then blow back to the juniper or cedar and the cycle starts all over again.’
- ‘The juniper that houses the mockingbird family is one of six trees I planted the year you were born.’
- ‘Game birds and waxwings eat the berries of cedars and junipers.’
- ‘Scattered trees, mainly acacias and junipers, dot the savanna.’
- ‘By noon it seemed that every branch among the junipers and piñon pines surrounding my home was occupied by an adult cicada.’
- ‘Trees in the forests include the juniper, the mountain mahogany, the pinion and other pines.’
- ‘The canyon is forested mainly with pines and junipers, but other trees grow along the streambed that the road follows for much of the way.’
- ‘The land is wooded with pines, aspens, and junipers, and borders the Targhee National Forest.’
Late Middle English: from Latin juniperus.
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