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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)

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Recent Examples on the Web Gentry started on the oaks and hickories, Witsell on the prunus and viburnums, and Ogle wrote the technical descriptions and the family group sections. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2021 The choices include forsythia, various willows and Japanese flowering quince, as well as a range of prunus, specifically Japanese flowering apricot, flowering plum, flowering cherry and fruiting peach. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2021

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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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“Prunus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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