from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tree that produces plums. See plum.
  • noun In Queensland, a tree of the cashew family, Buchanania mangoides, with close-grained, tough, pinkish wood.


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  • Words can ' t do justice to the intricacy and accuracy of the plum-tree branches that fill the left-hand screen, or the equally detailed needles of the pine on the right, with a bit of a river and a few bamboo leaves underneath them and faint clouds of gold dust sprinkled around.

    In Search of Beauty

  • Madame de la Sablière called La Fontaine a fabulist, who bore fables as naturally as a plum-tree bears plums.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • "The satirical rogue says here that old men have grey beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum, and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams."

    Shakespeare's Insult 3 April 2006

  • She cursed the director, who was upon the spot, with many abusive allusions to his wooden leg; and as for Pipes the operator, she employed her talons so effectually upon his face, that the blood ran over his nose in sundry streams; and next morning, when those rivulets were dry, his countenance resembled the rough bark of a plum-tree, plastered with gum.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • A low table was placed in front, on which there was a two-spouted kettle full of sake, some sake bottles, and some cups, and on another there were some small figures representing a fir-tree, a plum-tree in blossom, and a stork standing on a tortoise, the last representing length of days, and the former the beauty of women and the strength of men.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • So all but grandmamma started off for the garden; and sure enough there was hanging from one of the lower branches of the plum-tree a huge bunch of bees; it was wonderful how they managed to keep together.

    Woodside or, Look, Listen, and Learn.

  • Their eyes purged thick amber and plum-tree gum, and they had no notion of doing anything but drawing their pensions, and getting three meals a day, with a horrible fourth on the glorious Fourth.

    Punchinello, Volume 1, No. 12, June 18, 1870

  • Indeed, Shakspere did not think it fair that 'the satirical rogue' should fill the paper with such remarks (whole Essays of Montaigne consist of similar useless prattle) as 'that old men have grey beards; that their faces are wrinkled; their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum; and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams.'

    Shakspere and Montaigne

  • Number Two did pretty well for a month, but his integrity and his appetite conflicted, and Miss Lucinda found him one moonlight night perched in her plum-tree devouring the half-ripe fruit.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 46, August, 1861

  • "On to a plum-tree, ma'am, quite close to the hives," said the gardener.

    Woodside or, Look, Listen, and Learn.


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