The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

2 definitions found
 for Jerusalem cherry
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Jerusalem \Je*ru"sa*lem\ (j[-e]*r[udd]"s[.a]*l[e^]m), n. [Gr.
     'Ieroysalh`m, fr. Heb. Y[e^]r[=u]sh[=a]laim.]
     The chief city of Palestine, intimately associated with the
     glory of the Jewish nation, and the life and death of Jesus
     [1913 Webster]
     Jerusalem artichoke [Perh. a corrupt. of It. girasole i.e.,
        sunflower, or turnsole. See Gyre, Solar.] (Bot.)
     (a) An American plant, a perennial species of sunflower
         ({Helianthus tuberosus), whose tubers are sometimes used
         as food.
     (b) One of the tubers themselves.
     Jerusalem cherry (Bot.), the popular name of either of two
        Solanum+({Solanum+Pseudo-capsicum">species of Solanum ({Solanum Pseudo-capsicum and
        Solanum capsicastrum), cultivated as ornamental house
        plants. They bear bright red berries of about the size of
     Jerusalem oak (Bot.), an aromatic goosefoot ({Chenopodium
        Botrys), common about houses and along roadsides.
     Jerusalem sage (Bot.), a perennial herb of the Mint family
        ({Phlomis tuberosa).
     Jerusalem thorn (Bot.), a spiny, leguminous tree
        ({Parkinsonia aculeata), widely dispersed in warm
        countries, and used for hedges.
     The New Jerusalem, Heaven; the Celestial City.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Jerusalem cherry
      n 1: small South American shrub cultivated as a houseplant for
           its abundant ornamental but poisonous red or yellow cherry-
           sized fruit [syn: Jerusalem cherry, winter cherry,
           Madeira winter cherry, Solanum pseudocapsicum]

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229