beach plum


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.

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Origin of beach plum

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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Example sentences 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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