Definition of Juniper

1. Noun. Desert shrub of Syria and Arabia having small white flowers; constitutes the juniper of the Old Testament; sometimes placed in genus Genista.

Exact synonyms: Genista Raetam, Juniper Bush, Raetam, Retama Raetam, Retem
Group relationships: Genus Retama, Retama
Generic synonyms: Bush, Shrub

2. Noun. Coniferous shrub or small tree with berrylike cones.

Definition of Juniper

1. n. Any evergreen shrub or tree, of the genus Juniperus and order Coniferæ.

Definition of Juniper

1. Noun. any shrub or tree of the genus ''Juniperus'' of the ''cypress'' family; characterized by pointed, needle-like leaves and aromatic berry-like cones ¹

2. Noun. certain coniferous trees which resemble junipers ¹

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Definition of Juniper

1. an evergreen tree [n -S]

Medical Definition of Juniper

1. Any evergreen shrub or tree, of the genus Juniperus and order Coniferae. The common juniper (J. 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 colour, hard and durable, and is used in cabinetwork under the names of red cedar, Bermuda cedar, etc. Juniper worm, 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 colour, in a remarkable manner. Origin: L. Juniperus, prop, youth-producing, and so called from its evergreen appearance, from the roots of E. Juvenile, and parent. Cf. Gin the liquor. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Juniper

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Literary usage of Juniper

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1. Journal by Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1875)
"Let us see what quantity of gin it would be requisite to imbibe to introduce into the system a minimum medicinal dose of oil of juniper. ..."

2. Biodiversity and the Management of the Madrean Archipelago: The Sky Islands edited by Leonard F. DeBano (1999)
"Overlap areas between pinyon-juniper and encinal woodlands were evaluated in terms of selected physiographic and vegetative variables at three sites in ..."

3. Check List of the Forest Trees of the United States: Their Names and Ranges by George Bishop Sudworth (1898)
"Utah juniper. RANGE. — Desert region from eastern Utah (Wasatch Mountains) to ... Dwarf juniper. RANGE. — From Greenland to Alaska and in the oast southward ..."

4. Ecology, Diversity and Sustainability of the Middle Rio Grande Basin edited by Deborah M. Finch, Joseph A. Tainter (1996)
"Chapter 6 Pinyon-juniper Woodlands Gerald J. Gottfried, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Flagstaff, Arizona Thomas ..."

5. Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and by Francis Peyre Porcher (1869)
"In our fanning districts the berries of the juniper are carefully collected and fermented, in the proportion of about thirty ..."

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