One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sweet greenish fruit resembling a small plum.Also called gage
- ‘The green skin may not indicate sweetness but ripe greengages are mouth-watering when eaten raw and they make excellent jam or purées for pies and puddings.’
- ‘Bake the tart for 50-60 minutes, until the almond filling is cooked and the plums or greengages are tender.’
- ‘Many consider greengages to be one of the finest dessert plums.’
- ‘Cover and leave to simmer for 15 min, stirring regularly to crush the greengages down to a pulp.’
- ‘If they are greengages, they'll be sweet and suitable for eating.’
2The tree bearing the greengage fruit.
Prunus domestica subsp. italica (or P. italica), family Rosaceae
- ‘Residents are now planning to plant another 70 trees, including cherry and greengage, at the orchard, off Leigh Road.’
Early 18th century: named after Sir William Gage (1657–1727), the English botanist who introduced it to England.
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