Definition of pomegranate in English:



  • 1A spherical fruit with a tough golden-orange outer skin and sweet red gelatinous flesh containing many seeds.

    • ‘It was elegantly garnished with Japanese pomegranates (no seeds) and thin slices of rombutan - a fruit similar to a lychee.’
    • ‘Its companion piece, Still Life with pomegranates, apples, azaroles and grapes in a landscape, is obviously related in composition and is derived from a style popular in seventeenth century Italy that Melendez saw on his travels.’
    • ‘A quince is one of those fruits, like a pomegranate, that reminds me of a Christmas bauble.’
    • ‘Hold the hooks by the loop ends, and screw firmly into the tops of the fruit until the ends are completely buried inside the pomegranate or apple.’
    • ‘Electronics stores and mechanics' workshops were doing business, and fruit stalls were laden with apples, pomegranate, grapes and bananas imported from neighbouring Pakistan.’
    • ‘As they no longer were allowed to eat meat, the meal they shared with Auset was vegetarian: bread, beer, bean soup, dates, figs, pomegranates, and fruits Miri had never seen before.’
    • ‘Later, I learned how some believed a pomegranate and not an apple to be the fateful fruit Eve plucked from the tree.’
    • ‘But they sell the best dried fruit, nuts, pomegranates and mint in London, and those little tooth-melting cakes that people who know no better think are Greek.’
    • ‘Gourds with many tendrils and pomegranates with many seeds were seen as signifying numerous progeny.’
    • ‘Eating green, leafy vegetables and fruits such as raisins, pears, apples, and pomegranates, for instance, will help cool, nourish and restore balance to sensitive skin.’
    • ‘Although no outright medicinal claims can be made for pomegranates or any fruit, Pomegreat is approved by the Family Heart Association as part of a healthy diet.’
    • ‘How triumphantly his workmanship conveyed his vision may be seen, in particular, in his late painting of grapes, pomegranates and other fruit (Raisins et Grenadines, from the Louvre).’
    • ‘The pomegranate's crunchy seeds, each encased in sweet-tart, watery pulp, make this fruit unusual and fun to eat.’
    • ‘She uses stitching, wool and gold leaf but in this demonstration used the seeds from a pomegranate with bits of coloured paper.’
    • ‘Kruse-Elliott's collaborator, Jess Reed has been working with other foods such as pomegranates and grape seed extract, as well as whole cranberries.’
    • ‘Place the two egg yolks in a pan along with the wine and sugar and the seeds of the pomegranate and whisk over a low heat (preferably in a bain-marie) until you reach the ribbon stage.’
    • ‘In addition to being eaten fresh, the sweet, dark-red pomegranate makes excellent jelly and syrup and is a primary ingredient in the flavoring grenadine.’
    • ‘There's often a pomegranate on the table because of a tradition that pomegranates have 613 seeds, one for each of the commandments that a Jew is obliged to keep.’
    • ‘Traditional settings for red Garnets arrange the stones in tight curved rows, much like the seeds appear inside a pomegranate.’
    • ‘Fill a tall, clear vase with lemons, apples or pomegranates, or lay the fruit on a collar of greenery tucked around a large hurricane lamp with candle.’
  • 2The tree that bears the pomegranate, native to North Africa and western Asia.

    • ‘More seasonal and colourful plants such as cherry, Chinese flowering crabapple and pomegranate as well as some fragrant plants such as peppermint, thyme and rosemary dot the park.’
    • ‘We have twelve olive trees, four fig trees, one pomegranate and a couple of as-yet-unidentified trees.’
    • ‘It is He who brings gardens into being: creepers and upright trees, the palm and all manner of crops, olives, and pomegranates alike and different.’
    • ‘In the back are pots containing a fruit paradise of quinces, medlars, lemons, pomegranates, citrons, even a limequat that apparently makes a mean marmalade.’
    • ‘Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits.’
    • ‘Among the crops affected are wheat, barley, melons, pistachios, almonds, and pomegranates, the researchers say.’
    • ‘This time it's Chal Chal Alayea El Rumman, a song about a pomegranate and a lemon tree that is, in fact, a political lament that relates to the end of the first world war.’
    • ‘The major agricultural crops are cotton, tobacco, grapes, sunflowers, tea, pomegranates, and citrus fruits; vegetables, olives, wheat, barley, and rice also are produced.’
    • ‘On this island are palaces, palm trees, pomegranate orchards, and huge water buffalo.’
    • ‘It has a wonderful courtyard, with walnut trees, pomegranate, vine, bamboo, oleander and roses.’
    • ‘It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates.’
    • ‘Although the pomegranate is not native, it has a long history of cultivation in desert regions and is often mentioned in ancient literature.’
    • ‘I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished and the pomegranates budded.’
    • ‘The Afghans have lost their pomegranate orchards to poppy fields.’
    • ‘There were dolphins, and swans, pomegranates and lime trees as she toyed with her human lover, Adonis, arguing for his love with Persephone.’
    • ‘For example, the fruit of pomegranate, having its husk filled with numerous fleshy seeds, became a symbol of fertility.’
    • ‘This is the season when, in ancient times, the wheat was harvested, thus the flowering of the pomegranates marked both an end to spring and the beginning of summer.’


Middle English: from Old French pome grenate, from pome ‘apple’ + grenate ‘pomegranate’ (from Latin (malum) granatum ‘(apple) having many seeds’, from granum ‘seed’).