medlar

noun
med·lar | \ ˈmed-lər \

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

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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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