beach plum

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noun

a shrub, Prunus maritima, of the rose family, of the seashores of northeastern North America, having sharply toothed leaves and white flowers.
the purple or blackish edible fruit of this shrub.

Nearby words

  1. beach face,
  2. beach flea,
  3. beach goldenrod,
  4. beach grass,
  5. beach pea,
  6. beach ridge,
  7. beach scarp,
  8. beach umbrella,
  9. beach volleyball,
  10. beach wormwood

Origin of beach plum

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85

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Examples from the Web for beach plum

  • He went out hurriedly, and, though I shouted after him, he only waved and ducked behind a beach-plum bush.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine|Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Prudence had made a "two-egg cake" and opened a jar of beach-plum preserves to follow the creamed fish and biscuits.

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove|James A. Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for beach plum

beach plum

noun

a rosaceous shrub, Prunus maritima, of coastal regions of E North America
its edible plumlike fruit
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