1(also greengage plum)A sweet greenish fruit resembling a small plum.Also called gage‘Cover and leave to simmer for 15 min, stirring regularly to crush the greengages down to a pulp.’
- ‘Bake the tart for 50-60 minutes, until the almond filling is cooked and the plums or greengages are tender.’
- ‘If they are greengages, they'll be sweet and suitable for eating.’
- ‘The green skin may not indicate sweetness but ripe greengages are mouth-watering when eaten raw and they make excellent jam or purées for pies and puddings.’
- ‘Many consider greengages to be one of the finest dessert plums.’
2The tree bearing the greengage fruit.
Prunus domestica subsp. italica (or P. italica), family Rosaceae
- ‘Residents are now planning to plant another 70 trees, including cherry and greengage, at the orchard, off Leigh Road.’
Early 18th century named after Sir William Gage (1657–1727), the English botanist who introduced it to England.
Are You Learning English? Here Are Our Top English Tips