apple

noun, often attributive
ap·ple | \ˈa-pəl \

Definition of apple 

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 (such as a star apple) or other vegetative growth (such as an oak apple) suggestive of an apple

apple of one's eye

: one that is highly cherished his daughter is the apple of his eye

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Fluoxetine, the generic form of Prozac, now comes in dozens of pet-friendly flavors, including peanut butter, apple and molasses, double grape, double liver, double beef, double fish, and — for the especially carnivorous depressive — triple fish. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 Guests will walk through the backdoor herb garden on their way to tour the backyard property which includes four barns and sheds, a privy, a smokehouse, kitchen garden, grape arbor and apple and maple trees. Courant Community, "Community News For The Glastonbury Edition," 10 July 2018 Think barbecue pulled pork with squash cakes and carrots, golden veggie beet bowls, shrimp and andouille pasta, and Southern-style almond chicken with baked apple and zucchini-corn muffins. Celestina Blok, star-telegram, "Restaurant news: South Main grows, Sundance gets Funky and Waterside goes coastal," 5 July 2018 An eastbound semitrailer truck loaded with apples and an SUV were slowing for the merging traffic when the truck struck the SUV and pushed it into another semi. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Contractor herding traffic near fiery I-84 crash had safety plan. Here's what it said," 29 June 2018 Fall, of course, brings apples and pears, but then the local growing season goes into hibernation. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sweet summer on a plate: Fruits can enhance savory dishes, too," 26 June 2018 And in fact, these workers play vital roles in the U.S. economy, erecting American buildings, picking American apples and grapes, and taking care of American babies. Mary Jo Dudley, CBS News, "These U.S. industries can't work without illegal immigrants," 25 June 2018 There's plenty of room to think outside the sandwich here, with fillings like sliced apples and cheddar; bacon and tomato; or ham and pineapple. Kroger, The Courier-Journal, "School's out for summer! Now what? Simplify with these 6 tips for parents," 18 June 2018 Ruth’s parents, who stayed on the Goochland County farm, would drive up to Harlem in the autumn with a Tin Lizzie packed full of canned food to last the cold winter days and more varieties of apples than Velma could count. Andrew M. Davenport, Smithsonian, "Putting Enslaved Families’ Stories Back in the Monticello Narrative," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of apple

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apple

Middle English appel, from Old English æppel; akin to Old High German apful apple, Old Irish ubull, Old Church Slavonic ablŭko

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More Definitions for apple

apple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of apple

: a round fruit with red, yellow, or green skin and firm white flesh

apple

noun
ap·ple | \ˈa-pəl \

Kids Definition of apple

: a round or oval fruit with red, yellow, or green skin and white flesh that grows on a spreading tree related to the rose

apple

noun
ap·ple | \ˈap-əl \

Medical Definition of apple 

: the fleshy usually rounded and red, yellow, or green edible pome fruit of a tree (genus Malus) of the rose family also : an apple tree

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