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love apple

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noun
  1. a tropical, tender plant, Solanum aculeatissimum, of the nightshade family, having prickly leaves, clusters of large, star-shaped white flowers, and red, tomatolike fruit.
  2. Archaic. the tomato.

Origin of love apple

1570–80; compare French pomme d'amour, German Liebesapfel
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  • It was first used for ornamental purposes and was called "love-apple."

    Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value

    Harry Snyder

  • All swallow the love-apple bait presented by some wicked genius of the devil, who sports with the affections of mankind.

    The Court of Cacus

    Alexander Leighton

  • So far was he concern'd in looking after that Love-apple, or Night-shadow, for the cure of his own burning distemper.


British Dictionary definitions for love apple

love apple

noun
  1. an archaic name for tomato
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Word Origin and History for love apple

n.

"tomato," 1570s, corresponding to French pomme d'amour, German liebesapfel, but the reason for the term remains obscure. One guess is that it is a corruption of Italian pomo de'Mori or Spanish pome dei Moro, literally "Moorish apple."

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