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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Wan′dering Jew′(n.)

  1. a legendary character condemned to roam without rest because he struck Christ on the day of the Crucifixion.

  2. any of various creeping plants of the spiderwort family, with green or variegated leaves, as

    Zebrina pendula.

    Category: Plants

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Wandering Jew(noun)

    a legendary Jew condemned to roam the world for mocking Jesus at the Crucifixion


  1. Wandering Jew(ProperNoun)

    A Jewish shoemaker who, in Christian tradition, taunted Jesus Christ on the way to his (Jesus') crucifixion and for that was condemned to wander the Earth until Jesus' return (ie. the second coming).

  2. Wandering Jew(ProperNoun)

    One of three species of spiderwort plants, (also called ), , and .

  3. Origin: The plant common name is derived from the Christian tradition figure, presumably at least partly from the tendency of those plants to spread through a garden (ie. wander).


  1. Wandering Jew

    The Wandering Jew is a figure from medieval Christian mythology whose legend began to spread in Europe in the 13th century. The original legend concerns a Jew who taunted Jesus on the way to the Crucifixion and was then cursed to walk the earth until the Second Coming. The exact nature of the wanderer's indiscretion varies in different versions of the tale, as do aspects of his character; sometimes he is said to be a shoemaker or other tradesman, while sometimes he is the doorman at Pontius Pilate's estate.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Wandering Jew

    . See Jew, Wandering.


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