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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