crab apple


: any of various wild or cultivated trees (genus Malus) that are cultivars or relatives of the cultivated apple and that produce small sour fruit
also : the fruit

Examples of crab apple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s decorated with real pinecones, faux crab apples, and holly berries, as well as a weather-resistant bow. Quincy Bulin, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Oct. 2023 Anxo sixth anniversary Six years ago, when Anxo became the first licensed cider makers in D.C. since Prohibition, its debut ciders were made with crab apples foraged from the yards of friends. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 25 May 2023 The High Altar will also be decorated with seasonal foliage such as crab apple blossom, amelanchier, camellia, acer, hazel, rhododendron, and azalea alongside beech cut from an ancient cluster of trees at RHS Garden Bridgewater. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 4 May 2023 And moose head into town too, avoiding deep snow in the mountains and finding crab apples that plunk down along Anchorage streets. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Feb. 2023 Clean up diseased or infested plants: If any of your plants had a serious problem, such as apple scab on crab apple trees or black spot on rose bushes, clean them up to reduce the risk that the problem will return next year. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022 Traditional mezcal, rompope (or Mexican eggnog), and a punch made of tejocote (crab apple), cinnamon, pears, and sugar. Bryce Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Nov. 2022 Allan noted that his current project, the red flesh apple, contains a single gene taken from a crab apple which increases its antioxidants. New York Times, 20 July 2021 Soon after, his class planted a crab apple tree outside the school. New York Times, 13 July 2022 See More

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Word History


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First Known Use

1680, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crab apple was in 1680

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“Crab apple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

crab apple

: any of several cultivated or wild trees related to the apple tree and producing a small sour fruit
also : the fruit

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