1. [syn: pomegranate, pomegranate tree, Punica granatum]
2. large globular fruit having many seeds with juicy red pulp in a tough brownish-red rind;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pomegranate \Pome"gran`ate\ (?; 277), n. [OE. pomgarnet, OF.
pome de grenate, F. grenade, L. pomum a fruit + granatus
grained, having many grains or seeds. See Pome, and
1. (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.
2. A carved or embroidered ornament resembling a pomegranate.
--Ex. xxviii. 33.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: shrub or small tree native to southwestern Asia having
large red many-seeded fruit [syn: pomegranate,
pomegranate tree, Punica granatum]
2: large globular fruit having many seeds with juicy red pulp in
a tough brownish-red rind
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
i.e., "grained apple" (pomum granatum), Heb. rimmon. Common in
Egypt (Num. 20:5) and Palestine (13:23; Deut. 8:8). The Romans
called it Punicum malum, i.e., Carthaginian apple, because they
received it from Carthage. It belongs to the myrtle family of
trees. The withering of the pomegranate tree is mentioned among
the judgments of God (Joel 1:12). It is frequently mentioned in
the Song of Solomon (Cant. 4:3, 13, etc.). The skirt of the high
priest's blue robe and ephod was adorned with the representation
of pomegranates, alternating with golden bells (Ex. 28:33,34),
as also were the "chapiters upon the two pillars" (1 Kings 7:20)
which "stood before the house."