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plum

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noun, often attributive \ˈpləm\

Simple Definition of plum

  • : a round, juicy fruit that has red or purple skin, sweet yellow flesh, and a hard seed at the center

  • : something that many people want or think is very good

  • : a dark reddish-purple color

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of plum

  1. 1 :  any of various trees and shrubs (genus Prunus) of the rose family with globular to oval smooth-skinned edible fruits that are drupes with oblong seeds; also :  the fruit

  2. 2 :  any of various trees with edible fruits resembling plums; also :  the fruit

  3. 3 a :  a raisin when used in desserts b :  sugarplum

  4. 4 :  something superior or very desirable; especially :  something desirable given in return for a favor

  5. 5 :  a dark reddish purple

plumlike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of plum in a sentence

  1. a bowl of peaches and plums

  2. Dried plums are also called prunes.

  3. That deal is a real plum for the contractor.



Origin of plum

Middle English, from Old English plūme, modification of Latin prunum plum, from Greek proumnon


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with plum


Plum

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geographical name \ˈpləm\

Definition of Plum

  1. borough SW Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh pop 27,126





PLUM Defined for Kids

plum

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noun \ˈpləm\

Definition of plum for Students

  1. 1 :  a fruit related to the peach and cherry that usually has smooth purple or reddish skin, sweet juicy flesh, and a stony pit

  2. 2 :  a dark reddish purple

  3. 3 :  a choice or desirable thing :  prize





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