pru·​nus | \ ˈprü-nəs How to pronounce prunus (audio) \

Definition of prunus

: any of a genus (Prunus) of drupaceous trees or shrubs of the rose family that have showy clusters of usually white or pink flowers first appearing in the spring often before the leaves and including many grown for ornament or for their fruit (such as the plum, cherry, or apricot)

First Known Use of prunus

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prunus

New Latin, from Latin, plum tree, from Greek proumnē

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The first known use of prunus was circa 1706

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“Prunus.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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Medical Definition of Prunus

: a genus of trees and shrubs of the rose family (Rosaceae) that are widely distributed in temperate regions, have showy clusters of usually white or pink flowers, and include many whose fruit (as the plum, cherry, peach, or apricot) is used for food

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