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 for Prunus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prunus \Pru"nus\, n. [L., a plum tree.] (Bot.)
     A genus of trees with perigynous rosaceous flowers, and a
     single two-ovuled carpel which usually becomes a drupe in
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: Originally, this genus was limited to the plums, then,
           by Linn[ae]us, was made to include the cherries and the
           apricot. Later botanists separated these into several
           genera, as Prunus, Cerasus, and Armeniaca, but
           now, by Bentham and Hooker, the plums, cherries, cherry
           laurels, peach, almond, and nectarine are all placed in
           [1913 Webster] Prurience

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a genus of shrubs and trees of the family Rosaceae that is
           widely distributed in temperate regions [syn: Prunus,
           genus Prunus]

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