- a rosaceous tree, Malus sieversii, native to Central Asia but widely cultivated in temperate regions in many varieties, having pink or white fragrant flowers and firm rounded edible fruits
See also crab apple
- the fruit of this tree, having red, yellow, or green skin and crisp whitish flesh
- the wood of this tree
- any of several unrelated trees that have fruits similar to the apple, such as the custard apple, sugar apple, and May apple
- apple of one's eye ⇒ a person or thing that is very precious or much loved
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ap•ple /ˈæpəl/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Plant Biologythe usually round red, green, or yellow fruit of a small tree of the rose family.
- the tree itself.
- Idiomsapple of one's eye, one greatly loved or valued:That child is the apple of her father's eye.
ap•ple (ap′əl),USA pronunciation n.
- Plant Biologythe usually round, red or yellow, edible fruit of a small tree, Malus sylvestris, of the rose family.
- Plant Biologythe tree, cultivated in most temperate regions.
- Plant Biologythe fruit of any of certain other species of tree of the same genus.
- Plant Biologyany of these trees.
- Plant Biologyany of various other similar fruits, or fruitlike products or plants, as the custard apple, love apple, May apple, or oak apple.
- anything resembling an apple in size and shape, as a ball, esp. a baseball.
- Sport[Bowling.]an ineffectively bowled ball.
- Drugs, Slang Terms[Slang.]a red capsule containing a barbiturate, esp. secobarbital.
- Balto-Slavic *āblu-. Cf. Avalon
- pre-Celtic *ǫblu; Lithuanian óbuolas, -ỹs, Latvian âbuol(i)s (with reshaped suffix), Old Prussian woble, perh. Thracian (din)upla, (sin)upyla wild pumpkin, Old Church Slavonic (j)ablùko (representing *ablù-ko, neuter)
- * apljan); Old Irish ubull (neuter), Welsh afal, Breton aval
- Gmc *aplu (akin to Old Norse epli
- bef. 900; Middle English appel, Old English æppel; cognate with Old Frisian, Dutch appel, Old Saxon apl, appul, Old High German apful (German Apfel), Crimean Gothic apel
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apple /ˈæpəl/ n
'apple' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
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