Any of several trailing plants chiefly of the genus Tradescantia, often having variegated purplish foliage and widely grown as houseplants.
A Jew of medieval legend condemned to wander until the Day of Judgment for having mocked Jesus on the day of the Crucifixion.
Any of several trailing plants (genus Tradescantia) of the spiderwort family, having smooth stems and leaves, and white, red, or blue flowers; esp., a common houseplant (T. zebrina) with purple flowers.
(person, proper) In medieval folklore, a Jew condemned to wander the earth restlessly until the second coming of Christ because of his scornful attitude just before the Crucifixion.
One of three species of spiderwort plants, Tradescantia pallida (also called Setcreasea purpurea), Tradescantia fluminensis, and Tradescantia zebrina.
Origin of wandering-jew
The plant common name is derived from the Christiantradition figure, presumably at least partly from the tendency of those plants to spread through a garden (ie. wander).
Wandering-jew Sentence Examples
In his letters to his friend Mathilde Wesendonck, it appears that while he was composing Tristan he already had the inspiration of working out the identification of Kundry, the messenger of the Grail, with the temptress who, under the spell of Klingsor, seduces the knights of the Grail; and he had, moreover, thought out the impressively obscure suggestion that she was Herodias, condemned like the wandering Jew to live till the Saviour's second coming.
In the Turkish Spy the Wandering Jew is called Paul Marrane and is supposed to have suffered persecution at the hands of the Inquisition, which was mainly occupied in dealing with the Marranos, i.e.
In the few references to the legend in Spanish writings the Wandering Jew is called Juan Espera en Dios, which gives a more hopeful turn to the legend.