One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The edible berrylike fruit of a Eurasian plant, formerly taken as a cure for coughs.
- ‘The bride is fed jujubes, a date like fruit, to increase the chance of having a son in the near future.’
- ‘Sweet muscadine grapes, blackberries, apples, jujubes and a host of other fruits will be available at these upcoming sales.’
- ‘While there, I succumbed to the impulse buy of jujubes.’
- ‘Roger Meyer made essentially the same discovery about the jujube several years ago - by accident.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1North American A jujube-flavored lozenge or gumdrop.
- ‘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.
Ziziphus jujuba, family Rhamnaceae
- ‘Plant jujube in a location that receives full sun and has well-drained soil with a neutral or slightly alkaline pH.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Aggressive planting of hawthorn, pyracantha, creeping juniper, holly, Chinese jujube, roses, blackthorn or prickly ash will help deter criminals.’
Late Middle English: from French, or from medieval Latin jujuba, based on Greek zizuphos.
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