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PRU'NE, verb transitive

1. To lop or cut off the superfluous branches of trees, to make them bear better fruit or grow higher, or to give them a more handsome and regular appearance.

2. To clear from any thing superfluous; to dress; to trim.

His royal bird

Prunes the immortal wing, and cloys his beak.

PRUNE, verb intransitive To dress; to prink; a ludicrous word.

PRUNE, noun [Latin prunum; in Latin prunus is a plum tree; Gr. the fruit.] A plum, or a dried plum.