apple of Sodom

apple of Sod·om \-ˈsädəm\

Definition of apple of Sodom

  1. 1a :  a fruit described by ancient writers as externally of fair appearance but dissolving into smoke and ashes when plucked —called also Dead Sea apple b :  an empty mockery had seen the fruits of victory turn into apples of Sodom — R. M. Lovett

  2. 2a :  the small yellow tomatolike fruit of a prickly shrub (Solanum sodomeum) b :  a spiny herb (Solanum carolinense) that bears yellow and orange berries

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Origin and Etymology of apple of sodom

from Sodom, biblical city destroyed by God (Genesis 10)

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