[bel, beyl, bahyl]
- a spiny citrus tree, Aegle marmelos, of India.
- the hard-shelled, greenish-yellow, edible fruit of this tree.
Origin of bael
First recorded in 1610–20, bael is from the Hindi word bēl
Also called Bengal quince.
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Examples from the Web for bael
In Siva temples, bilva (bael: Ægle Marmelos) leaves are substituted for tulsi.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
The quince must not be confounded with the Indian "bael" fruit which is known in India as the Bengal quince.
Bael gum is a sticky, astringent substance soluble in water.Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands
Gerrit Parmile Wilder
The tank has overflown into the garden, and the bushy tops of the Bael trees are seen standing out over the waters.My Reminiscences
Dried half-ripe fruit imported from the E. Indies, under the name of Indian bael.
- a spiny Indian rutaceous tree, Aegle marmelos
- the edible thick-shelled fruit of this tree
C17: from Hindi bel
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