noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin (prunum) damascenum, literally, plum of Damascus Date: 14th century the small tart fruit of a widely cultivated Asian plum tree (Prunus insititia); also this tree

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  • Damson — Plum Ripe damsons Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unr …   Wikipedia

  • Damson — Dam son (d[a^]m z n), n. [OE. damasin the Damascus plum, fr. L. Damascenus. See {Damascene}.] A small oval plum of a blue color, the fruit of a variety of the {Prunus domestica}; called also {damask plum}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • damson — ► NOUN ▪ a small purple black plum like fruit. ORIGIN from Latin damascenum prunum plum of Damascus …   English terms dictionary

  • damson — [dam′zən, dam′sən] n. [ME damasin < OFr damascene, plum of Damascus < L Damascenus, lit., of Damascus] 1. a variety of small, purple plum; bullace 2. the prunus tree (Prunus domestica var. insititia) on which it grows …   English World dictionary

  • damson — /dam zeuhn, seuhn/, n. 1. Also called damson plum. the small, dark blue or purple fruit of a plum, Prunus insititia, of the rose family, introduced into Europe from Asia Minor. 2. a medium to dark violet. adj. 3. of the color damson. [1350 1400;… …   Universalium

  • damson — UK [ˈdæmz(ə)n] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms damson : singular damson plural damsons a soft round fruit with purple skin, like a small plum damson jam …   English dictionary

  • damson — n. & adj. n. 1 (in full damson plum) a a small dark purple plumlike fruit. b the small deciduous tree, Prunus institia, bearing this. 2 a dark purple colour. adj. damson coloured. Phrases and idioms: damson cheese a solid preserve of damsons and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • damson — Damascene Dam as*cene (d[a^]m as*s[=e]n), n. A kind of plum, now called {damson}. See {Damson}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • damson — Damask Dam ask, a. 1. Pertaining to, or originating at, the city of Damascus; resembling the products or manufactures of Damascus. [1913 Webster] 2. Having the color of the damask rose. [1913 Webster] But let concealment, like a worm i the bud,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • damson — [[t]dæ̱mz(ə)n[/t]] damsons N COUNT A damson is a small, sour, purple plum …   English dictionary

  • damson — [ damz(ə)n] noun 1》 a small purple black plum like fruit. 2》 (also damson tree) the small tree which bears damsons, probably derived from the bullace. [Prunus domestica subsp. insititia.] Origin ME damascene, from L. damascenum (prunum) (plum) of …   English new terms dictionary

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