One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several trees of the tropical genus Coccoloba (family Polygonaceae); especially C. diversifolia of Florida and the Caribbean, which has a fleshy edible fruit and is allied to the sea grape, C. uvifera.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Mark Catesby (1683–1749), naturalist. From pigeon + plum.
pigeon plum/ˈpɪdʒ(ɪ)n ˌplʌm/
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