AskDefine | Define Pomona

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In Roman mythology, Pomona was the goddess of fruit trees, gardens and orchards. She scorned the love of Silvanus and Picus but married Vertumnus after he tricked her, disguised as an old woman. Her high priest was called the flamen Pomonalis. The pruning knife was her attribute. She is a uniquely Roman goddess, never identitified with any Greek counterpart, and was particularly associated with the blossoming of trees versus the harvest.
In 19th century statues and building decorations she is usually shown carrying either a large platter of fruit or a cornucopia. A nude statue of Pomona is in the fountain in the little park before the Plaza Hotel in New York City. For a listing of cities named after her, see Pomona (disambiguation).
She is said to be a wood nymph. In popular culture, Pomona is the forename of Professor Sprout, the teacher of Herbology in the Harry Potter Series. In the series, Herbology is the study of magical plants.
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