[dam-zuh n, -suh n]
- 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.
- a medium to dark violet.
- of the color damson.
Origin of damson
1350–1400; Middle English damascene, damson < Latin (prūnum) Damascēnum (plum) of Damascus; see Damascene
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Examples from the Web for damson
It was damson preserve Mrs. Smalley had for supper last night.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
There were a great many apple, pear, and damson trees in the garden.Recollections of Old Liverpool
Then come the joyous days of apple-gathering and damson picking.The Child's Book of the Seasons
There was pastry upon a dish; he selected an apricot puff and a damson tart.Shirley
The damson, a small plum, may be safely classed with the Prunus Communis.The Book of Pears and Plums
- a small rosaceous tree, Prunus domestica instititia (or P. instititia), cultivated for its blue-black edible plumlike fruit and probably derived from the bullaceSee also plum 1 (def. 1)
- the fruit of this tree
C14: from Latin prūnum Damascēnum Damascus plum
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