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

Definition of apple

  1. 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. 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

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

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Origin and Etymology of apple

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



APPLE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of apple for English Language Learners

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


APPLE Defined for Kids

apple

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noun ap·ple \ˈa-pəl\

Definition of apple for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

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noun ap·ple \ˈap-əl\

Medical Definition of apple

  1. :  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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