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[pom-gran-it, pom-i-, puhm-] /ˈpɒmˌgræn ɪt, ˈpɒm ɪ-, ˈpʌm-/
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.
Origin of pomegranate
1275-1325; Middle English poumgarnet, pomegarnade (< Old French pome grenate, pome gernete), representing Medieval Latin pōmum grānātum literally, seedy apple. See pome, grenade Unabridged
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  • The symbol of Concord was two right hands joined, and a pomegranate.

  • At the first noise of their entrance, Proserpina withdrew the pomegranate from her mouth.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • We officers were put in tents in a small palm and pomegranate thicket at the periphery of the hospital area.

    In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne
  • The crisp, cool masses of the pomegranate were dotted with scarlet flowers.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • In Madras, a branch of the pomegranate tree is usually stuck in.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
British Dictionary definitions for pomegranate


/ˈpɒmɪˌɡrænɪt; ˈpɒmˌɡrænɪt/
an Asian shrub or small tree, Punica granatum, cultivated in semitropical regions for its edible fruit: family Punicaceae
the many-chambered globular fruit of this tree, which has tough reddish rind, juicy red pulp, and many seeds
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pome grenate, from Latin pōmum apple + grenate, from Latin grānātum, from grānātus full of seeds
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Word Origin and History for pomegranate

c.1300, poumgarnet (a metathesized form), from Old French pome grenate (Modern French grenade) and directly from Medieval Latin pomum granatum, literally "apple with many seeds," from pome "apple; fruit" (see Pomona) + grenate "having grains," from Latin granata, fem. of granatus, from granum "grain" (see grain). The classical Latin name was malum granatum "seeded apple." Italian form is granata, Spanish is granada. The -gra- spelling restored in English early 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pomegranate in the Bible

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
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