balsam apple


Definition of balsam apple

1 : either of two herbaceous vines of the genus Momordica:
b : a similar vine (Momordica balsamina) bearing red or orange, oblong, warty fruits
2 : the fruit of the balsam apple plant

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First Known Use of balsam apple

1578, in the meaning defined above

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“Balsam apple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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