[pom-gran-it, pom-i-, puhm-]
a chambered, many-seeded, globose fruit, having a tough, usually red rind and surmounted by a crown of calyx lobes, the edible portion consisting of pleasantly acid flesh developed from the outer seed coat.
the shrub or small tree, Punica granatum, that bears it, native to southwestern Asia but widely cultivated in warm regions.

1275–1325; Middle English poumgarnet, pomegarnade (< Old French pome grenate, pome gernete), representing Medieval Latin pōmum grānātum literally, seedy apple. See pome, grenade

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To pomegranate
World English Dictionary
pomegranate (ˈpɒmɪˌɡrænɪt, ˈpɒmˌɡrænɪt)
1.  an Asian shrub or small tree, Punica granatum, cultivated in semitropical regions for its edible fruit: family Punicaceae
2.  the many-chambered globular fruit of this tree, which has tough reddish rind, juicy red pulp, and many seeds
[C14: from Old French pome grenate, from Latin pōmum apple + grenate, from Latin grānātum, from grānātus full of seeds]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

c.1320, poumgarnet, from O.Fr. pome grenate, from M.L. pomum granatum, lit. "apple with many seeds," from pome "apple, fruit" + grenate "having grains," from L. granata, fem. of granatus, from granum "grain." The L. was malum granatum "seeded apple." It. form is granata, Sp. is granada.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Bible Dictionary

Pomegranate definition

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."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Top with a few pomegranate seeds and squeeze some pomegranate syrup around the
  plate for decoration.
Top with walnuts, hazelnuts, and pomegranate seeds as desired.
And it's also that you can eat a pomegranate and not be so didactic about it.
Spoon atop the latke, crowning with pomegranate seeds.
Image for pomegranate
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature