Origin of prunellaFr, literally , sloe-colored, diminutive from prune (see prune): probably because of its origin, originally color
Origin of prunellaAlteration of French prunelle sloe from Old French diminutive of prune prune ; see prune 1.
From the genus name.
Perhaps from German BrÃ¤une (“quinsy, croup").
- A smooth woollen stuff, generally black, formerly used for making shoes and clergymen's gowns; a kind of lasting.
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