Definition of pomegranate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpäm(ə)ˌɡranət/


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1An orange-sized fruit with a tough reddish outer skin and sweet red gelatinous flesh containing many seeds.
Example sentences
  • Fill a tall, clear vase with lemons, apples or pomegranates, or lay the fruit on a collar of greenery tucked around a large hurricane lamp with candle.
  • Electronics stores and mechanics' workshops were doing business, and fruit stalls were laden with apples, pomegranate, grapes and bananas imported from neighbouring Pakistan.
  • How triumphantly his workmanship conveyed his vision may be seen, in particular, in his late painting of grapes, pomegranates and other fruit (Raisins et Grenadines, from the Louvre).
2The tree that bears the pomegranate, which is native to North Africa and western Asia and has long been cultivated.
  • Punica granatum, family Punicaceae.
Example sentences
  • It has a wonderful courtyard, with walnut trees, pomegranate, vine, bamboo, oleander and roses.
  • There were dolphins, and swans, pomegranates and lime trees as she toyed with her human lover, Adonis, arguing for his love with Persephone.
  • This time it's Chal Chal Alayea El Rumman, a song about a pomegranate and a lemon tree that is, in fact, a political lament that relates to the end of the first world war.


Middle English: from Old French pome grenate, from pome 'apple' + grenate 'pomegranate' (from Latin (malum) granatum '(apple) having many seeds', from granum 'seed').

  • Our name for this fruit comes from Old French pome grenate, from pome ‘apple’ and grenate, which meant ‘pomegranate’ but was based on Latin granatum, ‘having many seeds’. Similarly, pomander (Late Middle English) for a perforated container of sweet-smelling substances is from Old French pome d'embre, from medieval Latin pomum de ambra ‘apple of ambergris’. Apples are again found in pommel (Middle English). This once described a decorative ball or finial at the top point of something. It is from Old French pomel ‘little apple’.

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Syllabification: pome·gran·ate

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