Meaning of winter crack in English:

winter crack

(also winter creke)

Pronunciation /ˈwɪntə krak/


historical, rare
  • Any of various late-ripening plums; especially a damson or bullace (Prunus domestica insititia).


Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Parkinson (1566/7–1650), apothecary and herbalist. From winter + Dutch kriek kind of plum, cognate with Middle Low German krēke, kreike, a kind of plum, Old High German krih-, krieh- (in krihboum, kriehboum plum tree, cherry tree; Middle High German kriehe damson, bullace, German Krieche damson, bullace), Old Swedish krikon (Swedish krikon damson, bullace), Danish kraege damson, bullace, of uncertain origin.