med·​lar | \ ˈmed-lər How to pronounce medlar (audio) \

Definition of medlar

: a small deciduous Eurasian tree (Mespilus germanica) of the rose family whose fruit resembles a crab apple and is used in preserves also : its fruit

Examples of medlar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like medlar, these fruits were popular hundreds of years ago. Washington Post, "Try something new with uncommonly delicious (and ugly) fruit," 5 Nov. 2019 Local favorites include apfelwein, akin to dry French cider; Gin Sieben, a Frankfurt-style gin infused with seven specific herbs, including borage and sorrel; and mispelchen, a brandy made with medlar, a persimmon-like fruit. Adam Erace, Fortune, "How to Get the Most Out of a Trip to Frankfurt," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of medlar

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for medlar

Middle English medeler, from Anglo-French medler, from medle medlar fruit, from Latin mespilum, from Greek mespilon

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24 Nov 2019

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“Medlar.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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