Juniper worm
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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bermuda cedar — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drepanodes varus — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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