[ green-geyj ]
/ ˈgrinˌgeɪdʒ /


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

Origin of greengage

1715–25; green + Gage, after Sir William Gage, 18th-century English botanist who introduced such varieties from France circa 1725 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for greengage


/ (ˈɡriːnˌɡeɪdʒ) /


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


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

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