prune

Ⅰ.
prune [1] NOUN 1) a plum preserved by drying and having a black, wrinkled appearance. 2) informal a disagreeable person.
ORIGIN Greek prounon 'plum' .
Ⅱ.
prune [2] VERB 1) trim (a tree, shrub, or bush) by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems. 2) remove superfluous or unwanted parts from.
NOUN an instance of pruning.
DERIVATIVES pruner noun.
ORIGIN Old French proignier, possibly from Latin rotundus 'round' .

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