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[joo-joob] /ˈdʒu dʒub/
a small candy or lozenge of gum arabic, gelatin, or the like and fruit flavoring.
Origin of jujube
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin jujuba < Latin zīziphum < Greek zízyphon jujube tree Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jujube
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  • "I hate married people who are two in one—stuck together like two jujube lozenges," said Lilly.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • In Algeria the jujube is only cultivated or half-wild.953 So also in Spain.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants Alphonse De Candolle
  • She knew that he had become fond of sweetmeats, and offered him some marshmallow and jujube lozenges.

  • There 'r' jujube paste patties, macaroons, and sangaree, Mars' Li'nel.

    Maid Sally Harriet A. Cheever
  • The fruit of this jujube is not worthy of attention except from an historical point of view.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants Alphonse De Candolle
  • In size, the character of its trunk and its leaves, it closely resembles the jujube tree.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2) Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  • An Abernethy biscuit and perhaps if they are good a jujube, and then ‘Good night,’ and down with their head on the pillow.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • Cyprus had once a lucrative trade with Syria, in the oil extracted from the seed of the jujube tree.

    Cyprus Franz von Lher
  • Nearing their own hamlet, they came on two young fellows chopping down small trees of the kind called date (a jujube or rhamnus).

    Village Life in China Arthur H. Smith
  • O Rakshasas, I have come with my brothers to the jujube named Visala.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
British Dictionary definitions for jujube


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 See also Christ's-thorn
the fruit of any of these trees
a chewy sweet made of flavoured gelatine and sometimes medicated to soothe sore throats
Also called (for senses 1, 2) Chinese date
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin jujuba, modification of Latin zīzyphum, from Greek zizuphon
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Word Origin and History for jujube

late 14c., "date-like fruit from a tree found in Asia," from Medieval Latin jujuba (plural), from Late Latin zizyphum, from zizyphus, an Asiatic tree with datelike fruit, from Greek zizyphon, from Persian zayzafun. The meaning "soft candy with date-like flavor" first recorded 1835.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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