noun Etymology: Middle English bolace, from Anglo-French bulloce, from Medieval Latin bolluca Date: 14th century a European plum (Prunus domestica insititia) with small ovoid fruit in clusters

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  • Bullace — Bul lace, n. [OE. bolas, bolace, OF. beloce; of Celtic origin; cf. Arm. bolos, polos, Gael. bulaistear.] (Bot.) (a) A small European plum ({Prunus communis}, var. {insitita}). See {Plum}. (b) The bully tree. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bullace — [bool′is] n. [ME bolas < OFr beloce < ML * bulluca, small plum] 1. DAMSON (sense 1) ☆ 2. MUSCADINE …   English World dictionary

  • bullace — /bool is/, n. 1. the damson. 2. the muscadine. [1300 50; ME bolaz; akin to ML bolluca, F beloce] * * * …   Universalium

  • bullace — [ bʊlɪs] noun a thorny shrub with small purple black fruits, of which the damson is a cultivated form. [Prunus insititia.] Origin ME: from OFr. buloce sloe : of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • Bullace — ♦ A small tree or large shrub bearing black fruits 1 1.5in. long with comparatively large stones. Spreads by cuckers shoots arising from underground from parts of the root system and therefore often develops into dense stands. Frequently found… …   Medieval glossary

  • bullace — bul·lace …   English syllables

  • bullace — bul•lace [[t]ˈbʊl ɪs[/t]] n. 1) pln the damson 2) pln the muscadine • Etymology: 1300–50; ME bolaz < OF buloce, ult. of pre L orig …   From formal English to slang

  • bullace —   n. small wild plum fruit and tree …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • bullace — n. a thorny shrub, Prunus insititia, bearing globular yellow or purple black fruits, of which the damson is the cultivated form. Etymology: ME f. OF buloce, beloce …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bullace plum — Plum Plum, n. [AS. pl[=u]me, fr. L. prunum; akin to Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Prune} a dried plum.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) The edible drupaceous fruit of the {Prunus domestica}, and of several other species of {Prunus}; also, the tree itself, usually… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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