from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several Old World trees of the genus Ziziphus, especially Z. jujuba, having palmately veined leaves, spiny stipules, small yellowish flowers, and dark red fruit.
  • n. The fleshy, edible drupe of this tree. Also called Chinese date.
  • n. A fruit-flavored, usually chewy candy or lozenge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sweet and edible drupes (fruits) of several Mediterranean and African species of small trees.
  • n. a fruit-bearing tree, Ziziphus zizyphus
  • n. The fruit of this tree, also known as Chinese date and fructus jujubae
  • n. A type of candy; specific type varies by country.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sweet and edible drupes (fruits) of several Mediterranean and African species of small trees, of the genus Zizyphus, especially the Zizyphus jujuba, Zizyphus vulgaris, Zizyphus mucronata, and Zizyphus Lotus. The last named is thought to have furnished the lotus of the ancient Libyan Lotophagi, or lotus eaters.
  • n. A chewy gelatinous lozenge made of or in imitation of, or flavored with, the jujube fruit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name of several species of plants of the genus Zizyphus.
  • n. The edible fruit of these plants.
  • n. A confection made of gum arabic or gelatin, sweetened and flavored so as to resemble the jujube-fruit. Also called jujube paste, a name originally applied to a jelly made from the jujube.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. chewy fruit-flavored jellied candy (sometimes medicated to soothe a sore throat)
  • n. spiny tree having dark red edible fruits
  • n. dark red plumlike fruit of Old World buckthorn trees


Middle English, jujube fruit, from Old French, from Medieval Latin jujuba, from Latin zizyphum, from Greek zizuphon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ζίζυφον (zizuphon). (Wiktionary)



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