damson

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n damson dark purple plum of the damson tree
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Damson dăm"z'n A small oval plum of a blue color, the fruit of a variety of the Prunus domestica; -- called also damask plum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n damson The fruit of Prunus communis, variety damascena, a small black, dark-bluish, or purple plum. The finest variety of this plum is the Shropshire damson, which is extensively used for preserves. Formerly also damascene.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Damson dam′zn a rather small oval fruited variety of the common plum, esteemed for preserving.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. damasin, the Damascus plum, fr. L. Damascenus. See Damascene
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Shortened from DamasceneDamascus.

Usage

In literature:

Breakfast consisted of big plates of porridge and slices of home-made bread spread with damson jam.
"The Adventurous Seven" by Bessie Marchant
Damson cheese is generally used in desserts.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
Except from this foresaid rule, Cherries, Damsons and Bullies.
"A New Orchard And Garden" by William Lawson
Currant and damson puddings are prepared in the same way.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Accordingly, she took out one of the damsons and ate it.
"The Fairchild Family" by Mary Martha Sherwood
Mirabelle and Rivers' Early Damson are August damsons, small, the former vigorous.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
I often feel tipsy myself from eating damson tart.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
In the same way damsons are so called because they are said to have come originally from Damascus.
"Springtime and Other Essays" by Francis Darwin
Give him proper encouragement, and he's there with the damsons.
"Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager" by Burt L. Standish
The next station west is Damson.
"Paradise Bend" by William Patterson White
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In poetry:

Raised high above the hayseed world
He smokes his painted pipe,
And now surveys the orchard ways,
The damsons clustering ripe.
"The General Elliott" by Robert Graves
And some in every orchard-close,
Who pruned the cherry and the rose,
And waited for the damson sweet,
And plodded through the brittle wheat.
"The Watcher" by Mary Webb
Seckel, blackheart, palpitant
Rained their bleaching strays; and white
Snowed the damson, bent aslant;
Rambow-tree and romanite
Seemed beneath deep drifts to pant.
"The Old Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

With dark blue, astringent skins, and dry, sour flesh, the ancient plums called damsons aren't good for eating fresh.
Gwen Sebastian is taking issue with Jonathan Denby, a hotel owner in England who replaced copies of the Bible in the Damson Dene Hotel's nightstands with copies of the risque, but popular, fiction book 50 Shades of Grey.
Property owner Deke Damson plans to restore the adjoining house at 504 Clinton Ave (The Huntsville Times/Steve Doyle).
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