greengage

[ green-geyj ]
/ ˈgrinˌgeɪdʒ /
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noun

any of several varieties of light-green plums, as Prunus insititia italica.

Nearby words

  1. greenfield park,
  2. greenfield's disease,
  3. greenfinch,
  4. greenfish,
  5. greenfly,
  6. greengrass,
  7. greengrocer,
  8. greengrocery,
  9. greenham common,
  10. greenhead

Origin of greengage

1715–25; green + Gage, after Sir William Gage, 18th-century English botanist who introduced such varieties from France circa 1725

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British Dictionary definitions for greengage

greengage

/ (ˈɡriːnˌɡeɪdʒ) /

noun

a cultivated variety of plum tree, Prunus domestica italica, with edible green plumlike fruits
the fruit of this tree

Word Origin for greengage

C18: green + -gage, after Sir W. Gage (1777–1864), English botanist who brought it from France

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Word Origin and History for greengage

greengage

from green + name of English botanist Sir William Gage (1657-1727) who first cultivated it in England c.1725.

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