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  • proper n. A Jewish shoemaker who, in Christian tradition, taunted Jesus Christ on the way to his (Jesus') crucifixion and for that was condemned to wander the Earth until Jesus' return (ie. the second coming).
  • proper n. One of three species of spiderwort plants, Tradescantia pallida (also called Setcreasea purpurea), Tradescantia fluminensis, and Tradescantia zebrina.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any of several house plants of the genera Zebrina and Tradescantia having white-striped leaves, especially the creeping plants Zebrina pendula and Tradescantia fluminensis.
  • any one of several creeping species of Tradescantia, which have alternate, pointed leaves, and a soft, herbaceous stem which roots freely at the joints. They are commonly cultivated in hanging baskets, window boxes, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a legendary Jew condemned to roam the world for mocking Jesus at the Crucifixion


The plant common name is derived from the Christian tradition figure, presumably at least partly from the tendency of those plants to spread through a garden (ie. wander). (Wiktionary)


  • Wandering Jew Tradescantia zebrina: Also known as “Inch Plant”, Wandering Jew has leaves with strong dark green and silvery green contrast.

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  • Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina): Also known as "Inch Plant", Wandering Jew has leaves with strong dark green and silvery green contrast.


  • “I was the one who heard the story about you — the Wandering Jew, the last of your Lost Age — but I don’t understand.



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