The chief city of Palestine, intimately associated with the glory of the Jewish nation, and the life and death of Jesus Christ. Jerusalem artichoke [Perh. A corrupt. Of It. Girasole i.e, sunflower, or turnsole. See Gyre, Solar.

<botany> A spiny, leguminous tree (Parkinsonia aculeata), widely dispersed in warm countries, and used for hedges. The new Jerusalem, Heaven; the Celestial City.

Origin: Gr, fr. Heb. Yrshalaim.

(01 Mar 1998)