a variety of plum that dries without spoiling.
such a plum when dried.
Other definitions for prune (2 of 3)
to cut or lop off (twigs, branches, or roots).
to cut or lop superfluous or undesired twigs, branches, or roots from; trim.
to rid or clear of (anything superfluous or undesirable).
to remove (anything considered superfluous or undesirable).
- prun·a·ble, adjective
- prun·a·bil·i·ty [proo-nuh-bil-i-tee], /ˌpru nəˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
- prun·er, noun
- un·prun·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for prune (3 of 3)
Archaic. to preen.
- prun·a·ble, adjective
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How to use prune in a sentence
A fifth of Brits had never tried asparagus and even fewer had tried figs or prunes.
“Turns out the prunes aren't the only flavor that result in a biohazard situation,” she wrote in April.
Cumin, cinnamon, and tart-sweet prunes give this exotic stew North African flavor.What to Eat: One-Pot Meals for a Busy Holiday Season | Cookstr.com | December 15, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
Two boxes of candied prunes, that's vegetables, twenty-five per cent.The Varmint | Owen Johnson
The ripe prunes are dipped into a boiling lye to make the skin tender, then rinsed and spread in the sun a day or two.Stories of California | Ella M. Sexton
I have already spoken of prunes, a much despised and invaluable food.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
With this arrangement there were no vegetables to pass, and the bread and spiced prunes were passed around without trouble.Living on a Little | Caroline French Benton
A youthful bride on a ship full of pilgrims; a lily floating in a dish of prunes; a cloissone vase in a cargo of oil cans.A Parody Outline of History | Donald Ogden Stewart
British Dictionary definitions for prune (1 of 3)
a purplish-black partially dried fruit of any of several varieties of plum tree
slang, mainly British a dull, uninteresting, or foolish person
British Dictionary definitions for prune (2 of 3)
to remove (dead or superfluous twigs, branches, etc) from (a tree, shrub, etc), esp by cutting off
to remove (anything undesirable or superfluous) from (a book, etc)
- prunable, adjective
- pruner, noun
British Dictionary definitions for prune (3 of 3)
an archaic word for preen 1
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Other Idioms and Phrases with prune
see full of beans, def. 2.
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