|1.||See also Christ's-thorn any of several Old World spiny rhamnaceous trees of the genus Ziziphus, esp Z. jujuba, that have small yellowish flowers and dark red edible fruits|
|2.||the fruit of any of these trees|
|3.||a chewy sweet made of flavoured gelatine and sometimes medicated to soothe sore throats|
|[C14: from Medieval Latin jujuba, modification of Latin zīzyphum, from Greek zizuphon]|
either of two species of small, spiny trees of the genus Ziziphus (family Rhamnaceae) and their fruit. Most are varieties of the common jujube (Z. jujuba), native to China, where they have been cultivated for more than 4,000 years. This species, 7.6 to 9 m (25 to 30 feet) high, has alternate, three-veined, elliptical to ovate leaves 2.5 to 7.6 cm (1 to 3 inches) long. The small yellow flowers are followed by dark brown, round to oblong fruits the size of small plums. The white, crisp pulp surrounds a single large, pointed stone
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