Plum

Definition of Plum

n.1.
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. Bentham.
2.A grape dried in the sun; a raisin.
3.A handsome fortune or property; formerly, in cant language, the sum of £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 handsome pay
5.A color resembling that of a plum; a slightly grayish deep purple, varying somewhat in its red or blue tint.
Plum bird
(Zool.) the European bullfinch.
Plum gouger
(Zool.) 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.
Plum weevil
(Zool.) 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.

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