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Definition: purple gage
, n. [AS. pl[=u]me, fr. L. prunum; akin to Gr. ?, ?.
a dried plum.]
1. (Bot.) The edible drupaceous fruit of the Prunus domestica
, and of several other species of Prunus
also, the tree itself, usually called plum tree
The bullace, the damson, and the numerous varieties
of plum, of our gardens, although growing into
thornless trees, are believed to be varieties of the
blackthorn, produced by long cultivation. --G.
Note: Two or three hundred varieties of plums derived from
the Prunus domestica
are described; among them the
, the Orleans
, the purple gage
Reine Claude Violette
, and the German prune
some of the best known.
Note: Among the true plums are;
, the Prunus maritima
, and its crimson or
purple globular drupes,
. See Bullace
, the American Prunus Chicasa
, and its
round red drupes.
, a dark reddish purple plum of medium size,
much grown in England for sale in the markets.
Wild plum of America
, Prunus Americana
, with red or
yellow fruit, the original of the Iowa plum
[1913 Webster] Among plants called plum, but of other
genera than Prunus
, Cargillia arborea
and Cargillia australis
, of the same family with the persimmon.
, the West African H[ae]matostaphes Barteri
, the Spanish nectarine. See under Nectarine
. See under Date
, the West African Parinarium macrophyllum
, the Ogeechee lime.
, Guinea plum
. See under Guinea
, several species of Flacourtia
2. A grape dried in the sun; a raisin.
3. A handsome fortune or property; formerly, in cant
language, the sum of [pounds]100,000 sterling; also, the
person possessing it.
4. Something likened to a plum in desirableness; a good or
choice thing of its kind, as among appointments,
positions, parts of a book, etc.; as, the mayor rewarded
his cronies with cushy plums, requiring little work for
[Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
5. A color resembling that of a plum; a slightly grayish deep
purple, varying somewhat in its red or blue tint.
, Plum budder
(Zo["o]l.), the European
(Zo["o]l.), a weevil, or curculio (Coccotorus scutellaris
), which destroys plums. It makes round holes
in the pulp, for the reception of its eggs. The larva
bores into the stone and eats the kernel.
(Zo["o]l.), an American weevil which is very
destructive to plums, nectarines, cherries, and many other
stone fruits. It lays its eggs in crescent-shaped
incisions made with its jaws. The larva lives upon the
pulp around the stone. Called also turk
, and plum curculio
. See Illust. under Curculio