Definition of Natal plum

1. Noun. Very large closely branched South African shrub having forked bright green spines and shiny leaves.

Exact synonyms: Amatungulu, Carissa Grandiflora, Carissa Macrocarpa
Terms within: Carissa Plum
Generic synonyms: Carissa

2. Noun. South African shrub having forked spines and plumlike fruit; frequently used as hedging.
Exact synonyms: Carissa Bispinosa, Hedge Thorn
Generic synonyms: Carissa

3. Noun. Edible scarlet plumlike fruit of a South African plant.
Exact synonyms: Carissa Plum
Generic synonyms: Edible Fruit
Group relationships: Amatungulu, Carissa Grandiflora, Carissa Macrocarpa

Definition of Natal plum

1. Noun. Any of several South African evergreen shrubs, of the genus ''Carissa'', having white flowers and red berries, often cultivated as hedging ¹

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Medical Definition of Natal plum

1. The drupaceous fruit of two South African shrubs of the genus Arduina (A. Bispinosa and A. Grandiflora). Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Natal Plum

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nasus externus
nata de coco
natal cleft
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natal day
natal plum (current term)
natal teeth
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Literary usage of Natal plum

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1. A Kaffir-English Dictionary by Albert Kropf (1899)
"The natal plum, a shrub bearing edible berries, growing near the coast. ... The tree which bears the natal plum. ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"... or natal plum, found chiefly near the sea, ¡s one of the few wild plants'with edible fruit. Its leaves are of a glossy dark green, its flower white and ..."

3. Natal; a History and Description of the Colony: Including Its Natural by Henry Brooks (1876)
"... but that is chiefly remarkable on account of its bearing a really valuable fruit, which is familiarly known as the ' natal plum ;' the native name of ..."

4. Natal: The Land and Its Story by Robert Russell (1903)
"... or natal plum is akin to the vinca or periwinkle of the English shrubbery. It is found chiefly near the beach, and has glossy dark-green leaves, ..."

5. The California Fruits and how to Grow Them: A Manual of Methods which Have by Edward James Wickson (1891)
"... tree for street or other planting, and would no doubt bear the climatic conditions of many other localities. natal plum. The Carrisa grandiflora is ..."

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