plum blossom

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English[edit]

plum blossom of Prunus mume

Etymology[edit]

See plum and blossom.

Noun[edit]

plum blossom (plural plum blossoms)

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see plum,‎ blossom.
  2. A tree, Prunus mume, native to East Asia bearing an apricot-like fruit; the Japanese apricot or Chinese plum.
    Synonyms: meihua, mei-hua, ume, Japanese plum
    • 1993, Craig Clunas, Art in China[1], page 173:
      The one hundred poems and images of flowering plum blossoms published in book form c.1238 by Song Boren [92] make up the earliest Chinese illustrated book where the pictures are meant as objects of aesthetic appreciation in their own right
  3. The blossom of the tree.
    • 2020 January 16, “Japanese Plum”, in Japan Guide[2]:
      The plum is associated with the start of spring, because plum blossoms are some of the first blossoms to open during the year. In most areas of Japan, including Tokyo, they typically flower in February and March.


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