[ dam-zuh n, -suh n ]
/ ˈdæm zən, -sən /


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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British Dictionary definitions for damson


/ (ˈdæmzən) /


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

Word Origin for damson

C14: from Latin prūnum Damascēnum Damascus plum
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