Origin of greengagegreen + gage, after Sir William Gage (1651-1727), Englishman who imported the trees from France (c. 1725)
A variety of plum (Prunus domestica) having yellowish-green skin and sweet flesh.
Origin of greengagegreen gage after Sir William Gage (1656?-1727), English botanist
- A plum with greenish-yellow flesh and skin Prunus domestica subsp. italica var. claudiana.
- It will have been gathered from what has been said that seeds cannot always be depended on to reproduce exactly the characteristics of the plant which yielded them; for instance, seeds of the greengage plum or of the Ribston pippin will produce a plum or an apple, but not these particular varieties, to perpetuate which grafts or buds must be employed.