Juniper Ju"ni*per, n. [L. juniperus, prop., youth-producing, and so called from its evergreen appearance, from the roots of E. juvenile, and parent. Cf. {Gin} the liquor.] (Bot.) Any evergreen shrub or tree, of the genus {Juniperus} and order {Conifer[ae]}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common juniper ({Juniperus communis}) is a shrub of a low, spreading form, having awl-shaped, rigid leaves in whorls of threes, and bearing small purplish blue berries (or galbuli), of a warm, pungent taste, used as diuretic and in flavoring gin. A resin exudes from the bark, which has erroneously been considered identical with sandarach, and is used as pounce. The oil of juniper is acrid, and used for various purposes, as in medicine, for making varnish, etc. The wood of several species is of a reddish color, hard and durable, and is used in cabinetwork under the names of {red cedar}, {Bermuda cedar}, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Juniper worm} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a geometrid moth ({Drepanodes varus}). It feeds upon the leaves of the juniper, and mimics the small twigs both in form and color, in a remarkable manner. [1913 Webster]

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  • juniper — (n.) evergreen shrub, late 14c., from L. iuniperus (Cf. Fr. genièvre, Sp. enebro, Port. zimbro, It. ginepro), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to iunco reed. Watkins has it from PIE *yoini paros bearing juniper berries, from *yoi ni juniper… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Juniper — f English: from the name of the plant (derived in the Middle Ages from Late Latin junipērus, of uncertain origin). The term is also used in the Authorized Version of the Old Testament as a translation of Hebrew rothem, a substantial desert shrub… …   First names dictionary

  • juniper — ► NOUN ▪ an evergreen shrub or small tree bearing aromatic berry like cones. ORIGIN Latin juniperus …   English terms dictionary

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  • juniper — /jooh neuh peuhr/, n. 1. any evergreen, coniferous shrub or tree of the genus Juniperus, esp. J. communis, having cones that resemble dark blue or blackish berries used in flavoring gin and in medicine as a diuretic. 2. a tree mentioned in the… …   Universalium

  • JUNIPER — The juniper is the biblical berosh (Heb. בְּרוֹשׁ) or berot (Heb. בְּרוֹת; Song 1:17), wrongly used in modern Hebrew for the cypress (the AV translation of rotem as juniper is not acceptable). Beroshim are frequently mentioned in the Bible,… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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