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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pomegranate \Pome"gran`ate\ (?; 277), n. [OE. pomgarnet, OF. pome de grenate, F. grenade, L. pomum a fruit + granatus grained, having many grains or seeds. See Pome, and Garnet, Grain.] 1. (Bot.) 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. [1913 Webster] 2. A carved or embroidered ornament resembling a pomegranate. --Ex. xxviii. 33. [1913 Webster]