- a variety of small, purple plum; bullace
- the prunus tree (Prunus domestica var. insititia) on which it grows
Origin of damsonMiddle English damasin ; from Old French damascene, plum of Damascus ; from Classical Latin Damascenus, literally , of Damascus
- A Eurasian plum tree (Prunus domestica subsp. insititia) cultivated since ancient times for its edible fruit.
- The oval, bluish-black, juicy fruit of this tree. In both senses also called bullace, damson plum.
Origin of damsonMiddle English damson, damacene, from Latin (pr&umacron;num) Damasc&emacron;num, (plum) of Damascus, from Damasc&emacron;nus; see damascene.
(comparative more damson, superlative most damson)
- The color of the fruit of this tree, a very deep purple.
Middle English, from Latin (prunum (“plum”)) damascenum (“of Damascus”)