Originally, one belonging to the tribe or kingdom of Judah; after the return from the Babylonish captivity, any member of the new state; a Hebrew; an Israelite. Jew's frankincense, gum styrax, or benzoin.
<botany> Jew's mallow, an annual herb (Corchorus olitorius) cultivated in Syria and Egypt as a pot herb, and in India for its fibre. Jew's pitch, asphaltum; bitumen. The Wandering Jew, an imaginary personage, who, for his cruelty to the Savior during his passion, is doomed to wander on the earth till Christ's second coming.
Origin: OF. Juis, pl, F. Juif, L. Judaeus, Gr, fr. The country of the Jews, Judea, fr. Heb. Yhdah Judah, son of Jacob. Cf. Judaic.
(01 Mar 1998)
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