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damson, damson plum(noun)
dark purple plum of the damson tree
A deciduous tree, Prunus insititia, native to Eurasia and related to the plum.
The edible fruit of this tree.
Origin: from (prunum) damascenum
a small oval plum of a blue color, the fruit of a variety of the Prunus domestica; -- called also damask plum
Origin: [OE. damasin the Damascus plum, fr. L. Damascenus. See Damascene.]
The damson or damson plum, also archaically called the "damascene" is an edible drupaceous fruit, a subspecies of the plum tree. Varieties of insititia are found across Europe, but the name "damson" is derived from and most commonly applied to forms which are native to the United Kingdom. Damsons are relatively small plums with a distinctive, somewhat astringent taste, and are widely used for culinary purposes, particularly in fruit preserves. In South and Southeast Asia, the term "damson plum" sometimes refers to Jambul, the fruit from a tree in the Myrtaceae family. The name "Mountain Damson" or "Bitter Damson" was also formerly applied in Jamaica to the tree Simarouba amara.
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