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