[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

Historical Examples of damson

  • It was damson preserve Mrs. Smalley had for supper last night.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • There were a great many apple, pear, and damson trees in the garden.

  • Then come the joyous days of apple-gathering and damson picking.

  • There was pastry upon a dish; he selected an apricot puff and a damson tart.


    Charlotte Bront

  • The damson, a small plum, may be safely classed with the Prunus Communis.

British Dictionary definitions for damson



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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