- a round fruit with a red, leathery rind and many seeds covered with red, juicy, edible flesh
- the bush or small tree (genus Punica, esp. P. granatum) of the pomegranate family that bears it
Origin of pomegranateMiddle English pomegarnet ; from Old French pome granade ; from pome (see pome) + granade ; from Classical Latin granatum, pomegranate, literally , having seeds, neuter of granatus ; from granum, seed, grain
designating a family (Punicaceae, order Myrtales) of dicotyledonous shrubs and small trees
- A deciduous shrub or small tree (Punica granatum) native to Asia and widely cultivated for its edible fruit.
- The fruit of this tree, having a tough reddish rind and containing numerous seeds surrounded by tart juicy red pulp.
Origin of pomegranateMiddle English pome granate, from Old French pome grenate : pome, apple; see pome + grenate, having many seeds (from Latin granatus, from granum, grain, seed; see g&rlowring;&schwa;-no- in Indo-European roots).
- (shrub/tree): Punica granatum, Punica protopunica
From Old French pomme grenate, from Medieval Latin pomum (“fruit") + granatum (“having many seeds").