1A small purple-black plum-like fruit: [as modifier]: damson jam
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- European-type plums include the prunes and damsons: ‘Italian’ and ‘Stanley’ are two of the most famous.
- Michaelmas had come, with its fragrant basketfuls of purple damsons, and its paler purple daisies’.
- Dense damson and winter berry fruits make this an ideal food accompaniment.
1.1 [mass noun] A dark purple colour.
- If it's a winter wedding, could you wear a berry coloured gown, damson or even red?
- Autumnal shades abound, burnished orange; mauve; burnt umber; ochre; sage green and damson, preferably all in the one outfit.
- Those of you who remember the lime and ginger scheme will be pleased to hear that it has been redone using damson, with gold trimming.
2 (also damson tree) The small deciduous tree which bears damsons, probably derived from the bullace.
- Prunus domestica subsp. insititia (or P. damascena), family Rosaceae.
- The reserve contains the remains of an apple and damson orchard.
- Whilst ornamental cherries produce no edible crop, the blossom of apples, pears, plums and damsons is usually followed by fruit worth harvesting.
- Britain took a more prominent role than other European countries in developing the cultivation of improved kinds of damson.
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