American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A variety of plum (Prunus domestica) having yellowish-green skin and sweet flesh.
- n. A plum with greenish-yellow flesh and skin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) See Greengage, in the Vocabulary.
- n. (Bot.) A kind of plum of medium size, roundish shape, greenish flesh, and delicious flavor. It is called in France
Reine Claude, after the queen of Francis I. See gage.
- n. sweet green or greenish-yellow variety of plum
- green + gage, after Sir William Gage (1656?-1727), English botanist. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“These trees also differ in their manner of growth: "the greengage is a very short-jointed, slow-growing tree, of spreading and rather dwarfish habit;" whilst its offspring, the imperial gage, "grows freely and rises rapidly, and has long dark shoots.”
“And once the cards had been taken down from their strings and the tree lights well and truly entangled for next year, it was always a particular joy in the first days of January to wander up the garden path through the 'orchard' as we euphemistically called it, to take a look at a patch of earth under a stubborn old greengage tree.”
“This has been greengage week, with mine ripening in the garden and a spate of greengage-related dishes on restaurant menus, including a very tempting almond tart at Bayswater's Le Café Anglais.”
“I noticed a chimney rising just above the treetops of a spinney of ash, maple, hazel, elder, blackthorn, ivy and bramble, and what was left of a cottage orchard of walnut, greengage and apple.”
“He sometimes ventures farther afield, having gone to Puerto Rico for mangosteens, Italy for blood oranges and France for greengage plums, but most of his work is done in California.”
“You will think me mad, but I bought myself a bare root dwarf (?) self-fertile, greengage plum tree, and a really giant fiberglass pot (Costco-$20, not even ugly), and there is now a plum tree on the porch.”
“And I want a greengage plum tree of my own in the worst way.”
“I actually planted a dwarf greengage plum in a giant pot on my apartment porch.”
“If I move, it won't be for the big freezer, it will be because I long for my own greengage plum tree.”
“There it is, the divine trinity: wild roses, greengage plums, and green-eyed shopgirls.”
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