pomegranate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pomegranate large globular fruit having many seeds with juicy red pulp in a tough brownish-red rind
    • n pomegranate shrub or small tree native to southwestern Asia having large red many-seeded fruit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pomegranate A carved or embroidered ornament resembling a pomegranate.
    • Pomegranate (Bot) The fruit of the tree Punica Granatum; also, the tree itself (see Balaustine), which is native in the Orient, but is successfully cultivated in many warm countries, and as a house plant in colder climates. The fruit is as large as an orange, and has a hard rind containing many rather large seeds, each one separately covered with crimson, acid pulp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pomegranate The fruit of the tree Punica Granatum. It is of the size of an orange, has six rounded angles, and bears at the summit the remains of the calyx-lobes. It has a hard rind filled with numerous seeds, each inclosed in a layer of pulp of reddish color and pleasant subacid taste (the edible part of the fruit). It affords a cooling drink, and in Persia a wine is derived from it, as in Mexico an ardent spirit. The rind contains a large amount of tannin, and has been employed in tanning and as an astringent medicine. The pomegranate is outwardly of a beautiful orange color shaded with red.
    • n pomegranate The tree, Punica Granatum, which produces the fruit pomegranate. A native of western Asia to northwestern India, it is now widely cultivated and naturalized in subtropical regions. It is a deciduous tree, 15 or 20 feet high, with numerous slender branches, some of them armed with thorns, the leaves lance-shaped or oblong. It is a fine ornamental plant, the flowers scarlet, large, and sometimes doubled. The latter are used in medicine like the fruit-rind, under the name of balustines, and they also afford a red dye. The bark supplies the color of yellow morocco leather, and that of the root is an efficient tæniacide, this property residing in an alkaloid, pelletierine, contained in it. It also yields punicotannic acid and mannit. The pomegranate has been known as a fruit-tree from the earliest times; it was common in Italy in the third century b. c., was familiar to the Hebrews, and its fruit was copied on Egyptian and Assyrian monuments, and later on the pillars of Solomon's temple. It thrives in the southern United States, and can be grown with moderate protection even in the climate of New York.
    • n pomegranate In Queensland, a small tree, Capparis nobilis, with some resemblance to the pomegranate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pomegranate pom′gran-āt a fruit much cultivated in warm countries, as large as a medium-sized orange, having a thick leathery rind filled with numerous seeds.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pomgarnet, OF. pome de grenate, F. grenade, L. pomum, a fruit + granatus, grained, having many grains or seeds. See Pome, and Garnet Grain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pome grenate—L. pomum, an apple, granatum, having many grains.

Usage

In literature:

We play at marbles with pomegranates, and practise tilting at the ring with citrons.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
Pomegranate design, 41, 159.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
The pomegranate, from the exuberance of its seeds, denotes plenty.
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
It enclosed an open court planted with pomegranate trees.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The pomegranate is constantly seen in the hands of Proserpine.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
Then Persephone wept bitterly, for that very day she had eaten a pomegranate and swallowed six of its seeds.
"Nature Myths and Stories for Little Children" by Flora J. Cooke
The potted pomegranates are now in bloom and also in fruit in the pots.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
After half an hour the host returned, carrying a basket full of pears, grapes, pomegranates, and peaches.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
I was next conducted to the boudoir, where coffee, pomegranates, melons, and sweetmeats were served.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various
To-day, indeed, some women weep, and the little child brings me half a pomegranate.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
She wore no jewels; a pomegranate blossom lay in the thick coils of her hair; a red rose nestled in her white breast.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
She threw the branches of pomegranate over the hedge, gave him a glance half contemptuous and half compassionate, and left the church door.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
They were eating pomegranates, biting briefly into them and sucking on the sour juices.
"World Without War" by E. G. von Wald
Her lips are red as pomegranates, her eyes are deep sea-blue, her cheeks have the rosy bloom of the peach.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
Cyprus produces a considerable variety of fruits, the chief ones exported being raisins, pomegranates, oranges and lemons, and grapes.
"Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products" by William Bevan
We will rise early and see if the vine flourishes and the grape is ripe and the pomegranates bud.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
She drank once more from the marble fountain, put a few oranges in her pocket, and plucked a spray from the pomegranate.
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
There were pomegranates in full bloom, with their rich yellow blossoms.
"A Flight in Spring" by J. Harris Knowles
Secondly, our Ezrielk was as full of excellencies as a pomegranate is of seeds.
"Yiddish Tales" by Various
Prunes, figs, dates and oranges, and one or two pomegranates.
"Village Life in America 1852-1872" by Caroline Cowles Richards
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In poetry:

While the sunset, far and low,
On its westward windows dashes
Primrose or pomegranate glow;
And above, in glimmering splashes,
Lilac stars the heavens sow.
"The Old Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
Discrowned, dishonoured, reft of pride and power,
From the red battle where they hailed me lord,
O Silver Rose, O sweet Pomegranate Flower,
I turn me to their sword.
"O Silver Rose" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
CITRON, pomegranate,
Apricot and peach; Flutter of apple - blows
Whiter than the snow; Filling the silence
With their leafy speech, Budding and blooming
Down row after row.
"Sufficient" by Ina Donna Coolbrith
My heart is like a cleft pomegranate
Bleeding crimson seeds
And dripping them on the ground.
My heart gapes because it is ripe and over-full,
And its seeds are bursting from it.
"Miscast II" by Amy Lowell
Make the pomegranates on thy sacred dress,
Like those of Aaron, shed a sweet perfume —
Make them the fragrance of good works express,
In ev'ry company, where thou shalt come.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard
And her sweet red lips on these lips of mine
Burned like the ruby fire set
In the swinging lamp of a crimson shrine,
Or the bleeding wounds of the pomegranate,
Or the heart of the lotus drenched and wet
With the spilt-out blood of the rose-red wine.
"In the Gold Room - a Harmony" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

Sunset's recipe editor Amy Machnak teaches a handy trick for how to remove pomegranate seeds fast.
Pomegranate Facial Where it's at: Naz Kupelian Salon & Spa in Lexington, MA (nazkupeliansalon.com).
MOSS BEACH, Calif.–Linda Kinkler has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president sales at Red Pomegranate .
The report adds that many launches sourced their antioxidant content from superfruits such as acai berries, blueberries, cranberries and pomegranates .
Pomegranate 's Pleasing Health Benefits Fresh pomegranates are available from September through January, so they perfectly in season right now.
A wall of candy appeals to the youngest members of the large, Orthodox Jewish families who call Pomegranate 's Midwood section of Brooklyn home.
None of Pomegranate 's freshly prepared foods are left over day to day.
The same is true for pomegranates .
County AgriLife Extension Agent Dr Jaime Iglesias will discuss the power of the pomegranate .
(CNN) — If you've ever walked past the display of hard red apple-type things in your grocery store and wondered what they were, chances are you were staring at a pile of pomegranates .
In fact, the Ancient Egyptians saw pomegranates as a symbol of ambition and success.
Now is the time of year when pomegranates are at their sweetest and juiciest.
If you've ever walked past the display of hard red apple-type things in your grocery store and wondered what they were, chances are you were staring at a pile of pomegranates .
Ponce Sidecar & Pomegranate Martini.
Consumers and chefs continue to visit the www. pomegranates .org website for an update on the newest recipes.
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