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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AP'PLE, n.
1. The fruit of the apple tree, [pyrus malus,] from which cider is made.
2. The apple of the eye is the pupil.
Apple of love, or love apple, the tomato, or lycopersicum, a species of Solanum. The stalk is herbaceous, with oval, pinnated leaves, and small yellow flowers. The berry is smooth, soft, of a yellow or reddish color, of the size of a plum. It is used in soups and broths.
AP'PLE, v.t. To form like an apple.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: fruit with red or yellow or green skin and sweet to tart crisp whitish flesh
2: native Eurasian tree widely cultivated in many varieties for its firm rounded edible fruits [syn: apple, orchard apple tree, Malus pumila]

Merriam Webster's

noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English appel, from Old English ęppel; akin to Old High German apful apple, Old Irish ubull, Old Church Slavic abl?ko Date: before 12th century 1. the fleshy usually rounded red, yellow, or green edible pome fruit of a usually cultivated tree (genus Malus) of the rose family; also an apple tree — compare crab apple 2. a fruit (as a star apple) or other vegetative growth (as an oak apple) suggestive of an apple

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the fruit of a tree of the genus Malus, rounded in form and with a crisp flesh. 2 the tree bearing this. Phrases and idioms: apple of one's eye a cherished person or thing. apple-pie bed a bed made (as a joke) with the sheets folded short, so that the legs cannot be accommodated. apple-pie order perfect order; extreme neatness. she's apple Austral. sl. everything is fine. upset the apple-cart spoil careful plans. Etymology: OE æppel f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Apple Ap"ple ([a^]p"p'l), n. [OE. appel, eppel, AS. [ae]ppel, [ae]pl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, G. apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. ["a]ple, Dan. [ae]ble, Gael. ubhall, W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. ob[*u]lys, Russ. iabloko; of unknown origin.] 1. The fleshy pome or fruit of a rosaceous tree (Pyrus malus) cultivated in numberless varieties in the temperate zones. Note: The European crab apple is supposed to be the original kind, from which all others have sprung. 2. (bot.) Any tree genus Pyrus which has the stalk sunken into the base of the fruit; an apple tree. 3. Any fruit or other vegetable production resembling, or supposed to resemble, the apple; as, apple of love, or love apple (a tomato), balsam apple, egg apple, oak apple. 4. Anything round like an apple; as, an apple of gold. Note: Apple is used either adjectively or in combination; as, apple paper or apple-paper, apple-shaped, apple blossom, apple dumpling, apple pudding. Apple blight, an aphid which injures apple trees. See Blight, n. Apple borer (Zo["o]l.), a coleopterous insect (Saperda candida or bivittata), the larva of which bores into the trunk of the apple tree and pear tree. Apple brandy, brandy made from apples. Apple butter, a sauce made of apples stewed down in cider. --Bartlett. Apple corer, an instrument for removing the cores from apples. Apple fly (Zo["o]l.), any dipterous insect, the larva of which burrows in apples. Apple flies belong to the genera Drosophila and Trypeta. Apple midge (Zo["o]l.) a small dipterous insect (Sciara mali), the larva of which bores in apples. Apple of the eye, the pupil. Apple of discord, a subject of contention and envy, so called from the mythological golden apple, inscribed ``For the fairest,'' which was thrown into an assembly of the gods by Eris, the goddess of discord. It was contended for by Juno, Minerva, and Venus, and was adjudged to the latter. Apple of love, or Love apple, the tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum). Apple of Peru, a large coarse herb (Nicandra physaloides) bearing pale blue flowers, and a bladderlike fruit inclosing a dry berry. Apples of Sodom, a fruit described by ancient writers as externally of fair appearance but dissolving into smoke and ashes when plucked; Dead Sea apples. The name is often given to the fruit of Solanum Sodom[ae]um, a prickly shrub with fruit not unlike a small yellow tomato. Apple sauce, stewed apples. [U. S.] Apple snail or Apple shell (Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water, operculated, spiral shell of the genus Ampullaria. Apple tart, a tart containing apples. Apple tree, a tree which naturally bears apples. See Apple, 2. Apple wine, cider. Apple worm (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a small moth (Carpocapsa pomonella) which burrows in the interior of apples. See Codling moth. Dead Sea Apple. (a) pl. Apples of Sodom. Also Fig. ``To seek the Dead Sea apples of politics.'' --S. B. Griffin. (b) A kind of gallnut coming from Arabia. See Gallnut.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Apple Ap"ple ([a^]p"p'l), v. i. To grow like an apple; to bear apples. --Holland.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(apples) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. An apple is a round fruit with smooth green, yellow, or red skin and firm white flesh. I want an apple. ...his ongoing search for the finest varieties of apple. ...a large garden with apple trees in it. N-VAR see also Adam's apple, Big Apple, crab apple 2. If you say that someone is the apple of your eye, you mean that they are very important to you and you are extremely fond of them. Penny's only son was the apple of her eye. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR

Easton's Bible Dictionary

(Heb. tappuah, meaning "fragrance"). Probably the apricot or quince is intended by the word, as Palestine was too hot for the growth of apples proper. It is enumerated among the most valuable trees of Palestine (Joel 1:12), and frequently referred to in Canticles, and noted for its beauty (2:3, 5; 8:5). There is nothing to show that it was the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil." Dr. Tristram has suggested that the apricot has better claims than any other fruit-tree to be the apple of Scripture. It grows to a height of 30 feet, has a roundish mass of glossy leaves, and bears an orange coloured fruit that gives out a delicious perfume. The "apple of the eye" is the Heb. _ishon_, meaning manikin, i.e., the pupil of the eye (Prov. 7:2). (Comp. the promise, Zech. 2:8; the prayer, Ps. 17:8; and its fulfilment, Deut. 32:10.)

The so-called "apple of Sodom" some have supposed to be the Solanum sanctum (Heb. hedek), rendered "brier" (q.v.) in Micah 7:4, a thorny plant bearing fruit like the potato-apple. This shrub abounds in the Jordan valley. (See ENGEDI.)


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