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Juniper, any of several species of evergreen trees or shrub (genus Juniperus) of the cypress family, found in northern temperate zones. The cones of the common juniper (J. communis) are fleshy, like berries, and are used to flavor gin. Some junipers are used for lumber and oil; those called cedars, e.g., the American eastern red (J. virginiana), supply insect-repellant closets and fenceposts. Its oil is used in perfume and medicine.

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