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pomegranate

Pronunciation: pom'gran-at

Definition: Fruit of Punica granatum (family Punicaceae), a reddish yellow fruit the size of a large orange, containing many seeds enclosed in a reddish acidic pulp; used in diarrhea for its astringent properties; the bark of the tree and of the root contains pelletierine and other alkaloids and has been used as a teniacide.

Synonym(s): granatum

[L. pomum, apple, + granatus, many seeded, fr. granum, grain or seed]

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