: a genus of trees or shrubs (family Rosaceae) of the north temperate zone sometimes included in the genus Pyrus but distinguished by having the soft pubescent leaves revolute or plicate in the bud, flower clusters lacking a stout central column, styles more or less joined at the base, and fruit without grit cells

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, apple tree, from malum apple, from Greek (Doric) malon; akin to Greek (Attic) mēlon apple

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“Malus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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