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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prunus \Pru"nus\, noun [L., a plum tree.] (Bot.) A genus of trees with perigynous rosaceous flowers, and a single two-ovuled carpel which usually becomes a drupe in ripening.

Note: Originally, this genus was limited to the plums, then, by Linn[ae]us, was made to include the cherries and the apricot. Later botanists separated these into several genera, as {Prunus}, {Cerasus}, and {Armeniaca}, but now, by Bentham and Hooker, the plums, cherries, cherry laurels, peach, almond, and nectarine are all placed in {Prunus}. Prurience

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a genus of shrubs and trees of the family Rosaceae that is widely distributed in temperate regions [syn: {Prunus}, {genus Prunus}]

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