ploume (c.1300)

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ploume (c.1300)

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[ FEW: *9,496a prunum; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF:  prune (*); DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  plum n. and adj.2; MED:  ploume n.; DMLBS: 2324c plumus ]
ls(loanword: M.E. (?))

While the Classical Latin etymon of the fruit is considered to be prunum, the derivations of this word in Germanic languages demonstrate a phonological development from pr- to pl- that is difficult to explain (see the OED entry plum for a fuller discussion). Forms in pl- are attested from the Old English period and it seems that medieval British Latin created the form plumus as a borrowing. The chronology suggests the AN attestations of this word should be considered borrowings of the ME or Latin term.


1fruitbot.plum, fruit of the plum tree
( c.1300; MS: s.xivm )  Aleynath velabar dicitur plum noyr  365.26
( 1428 )  .v. balet de ploumes sekes  47
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