Definition of jujube in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒuːdʒuːb/


1The edible berry-like fruit of a Eurasian plant, formerly taken as a cough cure.
Example sentences
  • Sweet muscadine grapes, blackberries, apples, jujubes and a host of other fruits will be available at these upcoming sales.
  • The bride is fed jujubes, a date like fruit, to increase the chance of having a son in the near future.
  • While there, I succumbed to the impulse buy of jujubes.
1.1North American A jujube-flavoured lozenge or sweet.
Example sentences
  • There were other rooms full of almonds, which they stripped and bleached and converted also into fine flour; or they turned boxes of gelatine into Turkish delight and jujubes.
2 (also jujube bush) The shrub or small tree that produces the jujube fruit, native to the warmer regions of Eurasia.
  • Ziziphus jujuba, family Rhamnaceae.
Example sentences
  • Aggressive planting of hawthorn, pyracantha, creeping juniper, holly, Chinese jujube, roses, blackthorn or prickly ash will help deter criminals.
  • Plant jujube in a location that receives full sun and has well-drained soil with a neutral or slightly alkaline pH.
  • The Indian jujube has leaves that are woolly beneath instead of smooth like the Chinese jujube.


Late Middle English: from French, or from medieval Latin jujuba, based on Greek zizuphos.

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