Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A species of plum, Prunus insititia, a native of Asia Minor and southern Europe, but now naturalized and cultivated further north.
  • noun The popular name of Melicocca bijuga, a common West Indian tree, producing a green egg-shaped fruit with a pleasant vinous and aromatic flavor.
  • noun In the United States, the muscadine grape, Vitis vulpina.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small European plum (Prunus communis, var. insitita). See plum.
  • noun The bully tree.

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  • noun A small European plum (Prunus communis, var. insitita).
  • noun The bully tree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun small wild or half-domesticated Eurasian plum bearing small ovoid fruit in clusters

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English bolas, from Anglo-Norman bullace, from Medieval Latin bolluca.

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Middle English bolas, bolace, from Old French beloce; of Celtic origin.

Examples

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  • Come buy, come buy:

    Our grapes fresh from the vine,

    Pomegranates full and fine

    Dates and sharp bullaces

    (from "Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti)

    March 25, 2019

  • "wild plum" in the Yorkshire dialect.

    June 27, 2009