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See also: Juniper


The berry-like cones and leaves of a juniper


From Late Middle English junyper, juniperus, from Latin iūniperus (juniper-tree).



juniper (countable and uncountable, plural junipers)

  1. Any shrub or tree of the genus Juniperus of the cypress family, which is characterized by pointed, needle-like leaves and aromatic berry-like cones.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion, OL 4103950W:
      One typical Grecian kiln engorged one thousand muleloads of juniper wood in a single burn. Fifty such kilns would devour six thousand metric tons of trees and brush annually.
  2. One of a number of coniferous trees which resemble junipers.
  3. (UK, slang, archaic) Gin.
    • 1834, Young Hearts: A Novel by a Recluse. With a Preface by Miss Jane Porter (page 106)
      [] I said you didn't like them ere strong liquors, but if he warn't particular, I was sure you would pledge him in a glass of juniper, for I had always made you, since we had been man and vife[sic], take a drop afore you went to market, to keep cold out.

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  1. Alternative form of junyper