beach plum

  1. a shrub, Prunus maritima, of the rose family, of the seashores of northeastern North America, having sharply toothed leaves and white flowers.

  2. the purple or blackish edible fruit of this shrub.

Origin of beach plum

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85

Words Nearby beach plum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use beach plum in a sentence

  • 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
  • "I don't see how you make sech beach-plum preserves, Miss Davis," exclaimed the lady from Nantucket.

    Cap'n Eri | Joseph Crosby 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
  • But she was glad to learn all that was known about the beach plum Point hermit.

    Ruth Fielding Down East | Alice B. Emerson
  • She skirted the outlying clumps of bayberry and beach plum bushes and entered the grove.

    Keziah Coffin | Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for beach plum

beach plum

  1. a rosaceous shrub, Prunus maritima, of coastal regions of E North America

  2. its edible plumlike fruit

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