- The fleshy pome or fruit of a rosaceous tree (Pyrus malus) cultivated in numberless varieties in the temperate zones.
- [bot] Any tree genus Pyrus which has the stalk sunken into the base of the fruit; an apple tree.
- Any fruit or other vegetable production resembling, or supposed to resemble, the apple; as, apple of love, or love applea tomato), balsam apple, egg apple, oak apple .
- Anything round like an apple; as, an apple of gold.
Note: ☞ The European crab apple is supposed to be the original kind, from which all others have sprung.
Note: Apple is used either adjectively or in combination; as, apple paper or apple-paper, apple-shaped, apple blossom, apple dumpling, apple pudding.
Etymology: OE. appel eppel, AS. æppel æpl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul aphol, G. apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. äple, Dan. æble, Gael. ubhall, W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. obůlys, Russ. iabloko; of unknown origin