- any of several varieties of light-green plums, as Prunus insititia italica.
Origin of greengage
Examples from the Web for greengage
Historical Examples of greengage
I have reared fine specimens from caterpillars which fed on greengage.The Butterflies of the British Isles
So the two of them bit bites out of every greengage they could reach.The Wouldbegoods
Red jam is usually preferred, but greengage is also popular.The Book of Pears and Plums
The stalks are bladders about the size of a greengage, which enable the plant to float.Gardening for the Million
Speaking of the greengage, he says, "its taste is so exquisitely sweet and delicious, that nothing can exceed it."On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening,
- a cultivated variety of plum tree, Prunus domestica italica, with edible green plumlike fruits
- the fruit of this tree
Word Origin for greengage
from green + name of English botanist Sir William Gage (1657-1727) who first cultivated it in England c.1725.