Genever is a variant spelling of Jenever, the Dutch form of Juniper, referring to a shrub or tree with dark-blue berry-like cones that can be used for flavoring gin and has some medicinal use; Jenever is the name of a Dutch wine flavored with juniper. It comes from Latin iuniperus (juniper tree), of uncertain origin though it’s been linked to Latin iuncus (rush, reed) derived from a PIE source. It sounds similar to Jennifer but the two are not related in any way.
Origin: Latin, Proto-Indo-European
- Jenever (Dutch, English)
- Genievre (French)
- Genièvre (French)