One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1rare Any of several plum trees with dark-coloured fruit; the fruit of any of these trees; (now rare).
2Any of several other trees with dark-coloured plum-like fruit; especially a small tree of eastern Australia, Diospyros australis (family Ebenaceae).
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Parkinson (1566/7–1650), apothecary and herbalist.
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