Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A species of dried plum; a prunelle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of dried plum; prunelle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as prunella.
  • n. Same as prunella.
  • n. A prune of the finest grade, prepared from the green gage and the St. Catherine varieties of plum. The skin and stone are removed.

Etymologies

French prunelle, diminutive of prune. See prune a plum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was all ‘leather or prunello,’ as she said to herself; — it was all vanity, — and vanity, — and vanity!

    The Way We Live Now

  • The morocco-makers of Wilmington seem to believe that worth makes the man, that readiness to do a favor to fellow-manufacturers is what shows the true "grain," and that "the rest is naught but leather and prunello."

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 25, April, 1873

  • It was all 'leather or prunello,' as she said to herself; -- it was all vanity, -- and vanity, -- and vanity!

    The Way We Live Now

  • But there is nothing necessarily lacking to a man because he does not enjoy _The Heathen Chinee_ or _The Biglow Papers_; and the man to whom these delights of American humour are leather and prunello may be of all the most enraptured by the wit of Sam Weller or the mock piety of Pecksniff.

    Thackeray

  • But with Cecilia it had been for many months as though all things had been made of leather and prunello.

    Kept in the Dark

  • If the poem has poetry, it would stand; if not, fall; the rest is 'leather and prunello,' and has never yet affected any human production 'pro or con.'

    Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 4 (of 6) With His Letters and Journals

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