Definition of bullace in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝oləs/


A thorny shrub or small tree of the rose family that bears purple-black fruits. It is a wild plum, of which the damson is the cultivated form.
  • Prunus insititia (or Prunus domesticus subsp. insititia), family Rosaceae.
Example sentences
  • It didn't take long to track down two types of bullace in West Berkshire in the surrounding area, thanks to Newbury Weekly News readers and BBC Radio Berkshire listeners.
  • Gages, bullaces and damsons are all grown in the same way as plums.
  • I discovered a bullace tree, a wild plum, absolutely loaded with fruit and resolved to pick some fruit and make some wine, all the while documenting the process with recordings.


Middle English: from Old French buloce 'sloe': of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: bul·lace

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