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Word of the Day: prune

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Prunes are plums that have been completely dried out, so these summer fruits can be enjoyed year-round. The dried fruit, however, is quite different from the original: Three pounds of plums results in one pound of prunes. Just be careful how you use the word if you’re in France, where prune means “plum.” Actually, in English, prune once meant both the fresh and dried varieties. Prune is also been an important verb for gardeners. Pruning means to cut back the extremities of trees, bushes, and plants. They’ll look better, but pruning primarily promotes growth. If you’re careful to prune your plum
tree without amputating it, you can preen yourself afterward.

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