from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deciduous shrub or small tree (Punica granatum) native to Asia and widely cultivated for its edible fruit.
  • n. The fruit of this tree, having a tough reddish rind, and containing many seeds, each enclosed in a juicy, mildly acidic, red pulp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several shrubs or small trees, of the genus Punica, bearing the fruit of the same name.
  • n. The fruit of these plants, about the size of an orange and having a red pulp containing many seeds and enclosed in a thick, hard, reddish skin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fruit of the tree Punica Granatum; also, the tree itself (see balaustine), which is native in the Orient, but is successfully cultivated in many warm countries, and as a house plant in colder climates. The fruit is as large as an orange, and has a hard rind containing many rather large seeds, each one separately covered with crimson, acid pulp.
  • n. A carved or embroidered ornament resembling a pomegranate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of the tree Punica Granatum.
  • n. The tree, Punica Granatum, which produces the fruit pomegranate.
  • n. In Queensland, a small tree, Capparis nobilis, with some resemblance to the pomegranate.

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

  • n. shrub or small tree native to southwestern Asia having large red many-seeded fruit
  • n. large globular fruit having many seeds with juicy red pulp in a tough brownish-red rind


Middle English pome granate, from Old French pome grenate : pome, apple; see pome + grenate, having many seeds (from Latin grānātus, from grānum, grain, seed; see gr̥ə-no- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin pomum granatum via Old French pome grenate. (Wiktionary)



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  • "seeded apple".

    November 15, 2008

  • Pomegranates are very sensual. The word and the fruit.

    February 28, 2008

  • a fruit sacred in Wicca because it symbolizes the Goddess. When it is sliced in half at its equator it reveals a five point star. The same is true of an apple but the star is much, much smaller.

    February 24, 2008

  • I believe Azerbaijan is a significant producer of pomegranates.

    December 2, 2007

  • I agree, c_b. Also a fruit that kicks butt, the reason you have wheaties for breakfast, and the antidote to hostile kites!

    December 1, 2007

  • Only one of the greatest words ever. That's all.

    December 1, 2007