greengage

greengage

[green-geyj]
noun
any of several varieties of light-green plums, as Prunus insititia italica.

Origin:
1715–25; green + Gage, after Sir William Gage, 18th-century English botanist who introduced such varieties from France circa 1725

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greengage (ˈɡriːnˌɡeɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  a cultivated variety of plum tree, Prunus domestica italica, with edible green plumlike fruits
2.  the fruit of this tree
 
[C18: green + -gage, after Sir W. Gage (1777--1864), English botanist who brought it from France]

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