- any of a genus (Juniperus) of evergreen shrubs or trees of the cypress family, with needlelike or scalelike foliage, aromatic wood, and berrylike cones that yield an oil used for flavoring gin and formerly in medicine
- ⌂ any of several similar trees grown for ornament
Origin of juniperMiddle English junipur ; from Classical Latin juniperus ; from Indo-European base an unverified form yoini-, reed (from source jonquil) + unexplained second element
Origin of juniperMiddle English, from Latin i&umacron;niperus; see per&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Latin iūniperus (“juniper”).