: a genus of thorny trees (family Rutaceae) of tropical Asia and western Africa with compound leaves, greenish white flowers, and orangelike fruits see bel

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek Aíglē, one of the Hesperides (nymphs who protected a garden growing golden apples), literally, "brightness, radiance"; from the tree's edible fruit

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aegle was in 1812

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near Aegle

Cite this Entry

“Aegle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!