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jongleur a wandering minstrel in medieval France and England who entertained by telling stories and singing songs.
jonquil a type of narcissus plant, closely related to the daffodil, that bears pleasant-smelling white or yellow flowers.
Jordan a Middle Eastern country between Syria and Saudi Arabia; Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. [2 definitions]
Jordan almond a large variety of Spanish almond, often used in candy and other confections.
Joseph according to the Old Testament, the favorite son of Jacob who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, only to become the interpreter of dreams and chief administrator for the pharaoh of Egypt. [2 definitions]
Joseph Haydn Austrian composer of European classical music; born Franz Joseph Haydn (b.1732--d.1809).
Joseph McCarthy a U.S. senator (b.1909--d.1957).
Joseph Pulitzer a Hungarian-born U.S. publisher who established the Pulitzer prizes (b.1847--d.1911).
Joseph's coat a variety of pigweed with red, green, and yellow upper leaves.
Josephson junction an electronic device, used for high-speed switches in computers, that allows direct current to pass from one superconductor to another through a thin insulating barrier, by means of a radiating effect.
Joseph Stalin a Soviet Communist leader and premier of the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1953 (b.1879--d.1953).
josh (informal) to make fun of or tease, but in a gentle and kind way. [2 definitions]
Joshua according to the Old Testament, the leader of the Israelites who succeeded Moses. [2 definitions]
Joshua tree a yucca tree of the southwestern United States that has swordlike leaves and bears greenish white flowers.
joss the image of a Chinese god; Chinese idol.
joss house a Chinese temple or shrine which houses idols that are worshiped.
joss stick a stick of incense that the Chinese burn in honor of a joss.
jostle to push, crowd, or bump against, esp. on purpose; collide with. [7 definitions]
jot to write hurriedly (usu. fol. by "down"). [2 definitions]
jota a Spanish dance in three-four time, performed by a man and woman to the rhythmic clicking of castanets, or the music for such a dance.
jotting a short written note, as to oneself.