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apple butter

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noun
  1. apples stewed to a paste, spiced, sometimes sweetened, and served as a spread or condiment.

Origin of apple butter

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for apple butter

Historical Examples

  • Well, you old hoosier, you, can you gimme some apple-butter?

    Tramping with Tramps

    Josiah Flynt

  • Valuable for stock and for apple-butter; Season, October to January.

    American Pomology

    J. A. Warder

  • Of the second and third grades we make cider, apple-butter, and vinegar.

    The Apple

    Various

  • In a few minutes she returned with milk, a plate of cookies, and a jar of apple-butter.

    I Walked in Arden

    Jack Crawford

  • There's strychnia for example, as purely vegetable in its origin as apple-butter itself is.

    Camp Venture

    George Cary Eggleston


British Dictionary definitions for apple butter

apple butter

noun
  1. a jam made from stewed spiced apples
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