Definition of juniper in English:



  • 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.

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


Late Middle English: from Latin juniperus.