apple of Sodom

apple of Sod·​om
: a fruit described by ancient writers as externally of fair appearance but dissolving into smoke and ashes when plucked

called also Dead Sea apple

: an empty mockery
had seen the fruits of victory turn into apples of SodomR. M. Lovett
: the small yellow tomatolike fruit of a prickly shrub (Solanum sodomeum)
: a spiny herb (Solanum carolinense) that bears yellow and orange berries

Word History


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

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“Apple of Sodom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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