crab apple


Definition of 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 One thing that truly set people off, though, is the removal of Jackie Kennedy’s crab apple trees. Elly Belle,, "Melania, What Happened To The Rose Garden?," 26 Aug. 2020 The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens Many flowering fruit trees are in bloom in the Huntington’s marvelous Japanese and Chinese gardens, including peach, Japanese crab apple and Chinese redbud. Sharon Boorstin, Los Angeles Times, "Go now: L.A.'s cherry blossoms are popping, but not for long," 12 Mar. 2020 There is a deep sink in which to rinse and prepare vegetables from the garden and fruits from the orchard (pears, quince, crab apples and plums). New York Times, "A Garden Grows in Somerset," 12 Mar. 2020 This is the recipe Mathews followed for the crab apple jelly in her recipe. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "14 Holiday Cookie Contest winning recipes, ahead of this year's Dec. 4 reveal," 29 Nov. 2019 Apple scab Usually known for picturesque, pink flowers, crab apple trees may already have been infected with apple scab, a fungal disease that infects the leaves. Vikki Ortiz,, "Thanks to rainy spring, 4 tree diseases expected across Chicagoland this summer," 23 May 2018 Nearby was a test garden filled with crab apple trees and native plants like the Pulsatilla and the Baptisia. Sydney Ember, New York Times, "A Heartland Company Leads the Media Race," 11 Mar. 2018 Such varieties as Kingston Black, Yarlington Mill, Dabinett, Somerset Redstreak and even foraged wild crab apples were discussed with the same reverence as pinot noir or nebbiolo. Jason Wilson,, "Cidermakers develop a strategy: Define and conquer," 7 Feb. 2018 According to a press release, researchers from the United States and China sequenced the genomes of 117 apples, including domestic varieties as well as crab apples and wild apples from 24 different species. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How the Silk Road Created the Modern Apple," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of crab apple

1680, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crab apple was in 1680

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English Language Learners Definition of crab apple

: a small, sour apple or the kind of tree that produces it

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Kids Definition of crab apple

1 : an apple tree grown for its white, pink, or red flowers or its small usually brightly colored sour fruit
2 : the small sour fruit of a crab apple tree

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