apple of Sodom

apple of Sod·​om | \ -ˈsädəm \

Definition of apple of Sodom

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
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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History and Etymology for apple of Sodom

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

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“Apple of Sodom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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