One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An old table variety of the domestic plum, large and pale yellow.
2A Chinese tree, Prunus simonii, of the plum family that is grown in parts of the U.S. and bears white flowers and an edible yellow fleshy stone-fruit; the fruit itself.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Mortimer (?1656–1736), writer on agriculture.
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