The sweet and edible drupes (fruits) of several Mediterranean and african species small trees, of the genus Zizyphus, especially the Z. Jujuba, Z. Vulgaris, Z. Mucronata, and Z. Lotus. The last named is thought to have furnished the lotus of the ancient Libyan lotophagi, or lotus eaters. Jujube paste, the dried or inspissated jelly of the jujube; also, a confection made of gum arabic sweetened.
Origin: f, fr. L. Zizyphum, gr, Per. Zizfn, zizafn, zayzafn.