bullace

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bullace small wild or half-domesticated Eurasian plum bearing small ovoid fruit in clusters
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bullace (Bot) A small European plum (Prunus communis, var. insitita). See Plum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bullace A species of plum, Prunus insititia, a native of Asia Minor and southern Europe, but now naturalized and cultivated further north. It differs from the common plum, P. domestica, chiefly in its spiny branches. The fruit is used like damsons.
    • n bullace The popular name of Melicocca bijuga, a common West Indian tree, producing a green egg-shaped fruit with a pleasant vinous and aromatic flavor.
    • n bullace In the United States, the muscadine grape, Vitis vulpina.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bullace bool′lās a shrub closely allied to the sloe and the plum, its fruit making excellent pies or tarts.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bolas, bolace, OF. beloce,; of Celtic origin; cf. Arm. bolos, polos, Gael. bulaistear,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. beloce, of uncertain origin; prob. Celt.

Usage

In literature:

Bullace, chestnuts, hazel nuts, walnuts, filberts, grapes, medlars.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
These, and the mulberry, are the most common; next are the bullace and damson.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
The intermediate links of this connexion are the bullace, muscle, damacene, &c., of all which there are many varieties.
"Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 276" by Various
There are nuts, too, here, and large sloes or wild bullace.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
Then there were the bullace vines, in the woods beyond the tanyard!
"The Colonel's Dream" by Charles W. Chesnutt
Crex, the white bullace, 451.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
Green gooseberries, morello cherries, currants, green gages, or bullace, may be done the same way.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
To every quart of full ripe bullace, add a quarter of a pound of loaf sugar finely powdered.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
There they also found grapes so prodigiously large, that they seemed more like bullace than grapes.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
The first visitor to appear was none but Miss Bullace, whose recitation of "The Lady's 'Yes'" had so peculiarly inspirited Fanny.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare
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In poetry:

Let the bullace bide till frosts have ceased,
The blackthorn loiter long;
Undaunted by the blustering east,
Thou burgeonest into song.
"A March Minstrel" by Alfred Austin