[syn: clean, plumb, plum]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Plum \Plum\, n. [AS. pl[=u]me, fr. L. prunum; akin to Gr. ?, ?.
Cf. Prune a dried plum.]
1. (Bot.) The edible drupaceous fruit of the Prunus
domestica, and of several other species of Prunus;
also, the tree itself, usually called plum tree.
The bullace, the damson, and the numerous varieties
of plum, of our gardens, although growing into
thornless trees, are believed to be varieties of the
blackthorn, produced by long cultivation. --G.
Note: Two or three hundred varieties of plums derived from
the Prunus domestica are described; among them the
greengage, the Orleans, the purple gage, or
Reine Claude Violette, and the German prune, are
some of the best known.
Note: Among the true plums are;
Beach plum, the Prunus maritima, and its crimson or
purple globular drupes,
Bullace plum. See Bullace.
Chickasaw plum, the American Prunus Chicasa, and its
round red drupes.
Orleans plum, a dark reddish purple plum of medium size,
much grown in England for sale in the markets.
Wild plum of America, Prunus Americana, with red or
yellow fruit, the original of the Iowa plum and several
[1913 Webster] Among plants called plum, but of other
genera than Prunus, are;
Australian plum, Cargillia arborea and Cargillia
australis, of the same family with the persimmon.
Blood plum, the West African H[ae]matostaphes Barteri.
Cocoa plum, the Spanish nectarine. See under Nectarine.
Date plum. See under Date.
Gingerbread plum, the West African Parinarium
Gopher plum, the Ogeechee lime.
Gray plum, Guinea plum. See under Guinea.
Indian plum, several species of Flacourtia.
2. A grape dried in the sun; a raisin.
3. A handsome fortune or property; formerly, in cant
language, the sum of [pounds]100,000 sterling; also, the
person possessing it.
4. Something likened to a plum in desirableness; a good or
choice thing of its kind, as among appointments,
positions, parts of a book, etc.; as, the mayor rewarded
his cronies with cushy plums, requiring little work for
[Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
5. A color resembling that of a plum; a slightly grayish deep
purple, varying somewhat in its red or blue tint.
Plum bird, Plum budder (Zool.), the European bullfinch.
Plum gouger (Zool.), a weevil, or curculio (Coccotorus
scutellaris), which destroys plums. It makes round holes
in the pulp, for the reception of its eggs. The larva
bores into the stone and eats the kernel.
Plum weevil (Zool.), an American weevil which is very
destructive to plums, nectarines, cherries, and many other
stone fruits. It lays its eggs in crescent-shaped
incisions made with its jaws. The larva lives upon the
pulp around the stone. Called also turk, and plum
curculio. See Illust. under Curculio.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: exactly; "fell plumb in the middle of the puddle" [syn:
2: completely; used as intensifiers; "clean forgot the
appointment"; "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out" [syn:
clean, plumb, plum]
n 1: any of several trees producing edible oval fruit having a
smooth skin and a single hard stone [syn: plum, plum
2: any of numerous varieties of small to medium-sized round or
oval fruit having a smooth skin and a single pit
3: a highly desirable position or assignment; "a political plum"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
116 Moby Thesaurus words for "plum":
Mars violet, Tyrian purple, accrued dividends,
accumulated dividends, ambition, amethyst, bawbee, boast, bonus,
carrot, cash dividend, catch, clematis, coup, cream, crown,
cumulative dividend, dahlia, damson, dearest wish, desideration,
desideratum, desire, diamond, dividend, dollar, extra dividend,
farthing, favors of office, find, fiver, florin, forbidden fruit,
fourpence, fourpenny, fuchsia, gem, glimmering goal, godsend,
golden vision, good thing, grape, groat, guerdon, guinea,
half crown, half dollar, halfpenny, heliotrope, hope, hyacinth,
imperial purple, interest, interim dividend, jewel, lavender,
lilac, lodestone, mag, magenta, magnet, mallow, mauve, meed, meg,
melon, mite, monkey, monsignor, mulberry, new pence, np,
optional dividend, orchid, p, pansy, pansy violet, patronage,
pearl, pence, penny, phony dividend, political patronage,
pontiff purple, pony, pork, pork barrel, pound, premium, pride,
pride and joy, prize, quid, regal purple, regular dividend,
royal purple, shilling, sixpence, solferino, special dividend,
stock dividend, temptation, tenner, threepence, threepenny bit,
thrippence, treasure, trophy, trouvaille, tuppence, twopence,
violet, windfall, wine purple, winner, wish
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
A compiler for a substantial subset of PL/I for the
Univac 1100, from the University of Maryland.
["PL/I Programming with PLUM", M.V. Zelkowitz, Paladin House,
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Plum, PA -- U.S. borough in Pennsylvania
Population (2000): 26940
Housing Units (2000): 10624
Land area (2000): 28.628230 sq. miles (74.146772 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.385414 sq. miles (0.998217 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 29.013644 sq. miles (75.144989 sq. km)
FIPS code: 61536
Located within: Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42
Location: 40.494110 N, 79.754477 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 15239
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.