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 Choose crab apple trees with care for stunning spring blooms. Ariel Cheung, Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 Come May, the park’s cherry and crab apple trees will put on their spring display. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2022 Heartier dishes include the duck breast with pea tendrils and casa forcella crab apple mostarda; and the beef cheeks with avocado, green chile, crema, radish. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 If any of your plants had a serious problem, such as apple scab on crab apple trees or viburnum leaf beetles on viburnum shrubs, do clean it up to reduce the risk that the problem will return next year. Beth Botts,, 27 Nov. 2021 For those looking to replace a tree, Renkert suggested an amur maple, a crab apple tree or an amur chokecherry (a type of chokecherry that hasn’t gone feral). Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Aug. 2021 Along with many more magnolia trees, bloom lovers may also find that the 400 crab apple trees along the Great Basin provide a quintessential spring experience. Cameron Walker, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2021 The seventh stop of the day was on Second Street between Pingree and Blaine, where a crab apple tree's blossoms spilled onto the cracked sidewalk and dandelions grew among broken glass and discarded Newport cigarette boxes. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2021 The spring planting, which was tentatively scheduled to start next week weather-permitting, also consists of 50 trees planted on Archmere Avenue (crab apple trees) and Roadoan Road (black gum trees). John Benson, cleveland, 22 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of crab apple

1680, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crab apple

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The first known use of crab apple was in 1680

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25 May 2022

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“Crab apple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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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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