- a small tree, Mespilus germanica, of the rose family, the fruit of which resembles a crab apple and is not edible until the early stages of decay.
- any of certain related trees.
- the fruit of any of these trees.
Origin of medlar
Examples from the Web for medlars
Then let us leave off hanging ourselves and our children from its branches like medlars.Fantasia of the Unconscious</p>
D. H. Lawrence
Each of them carried some of the flesh of the kids, a dozen medlars, and a melon.Hair-Breadth Escapes
There are quinces and medlars and plums with plenty of fruit, and Morello cherries; but few apples.More Letters of Charles Darwin
If kept till they are soft, in the same way as medlars, they have an agreeable acid flavour.Woodland Gleanings
In every hedge we passed were medlars, plumbs, cherries, and maples with vines trained to them.
- a small Eurasian rosaceous tree, Mespilus germanica
- the fruit of this tree, which resembles the crab apple and is not edible until it has begun to decay
- any of several other rosaceous trees or their fruits
Word Origin and History for medlars
"small fruit-bearing tree," mid-14c. (in reference to the fruit itself), from Old French medler, variant of mesple, from Latin mespila "fruit of the medlar," from Greek mespilion, a foreign word of unknown origin. The Old English name was openærs, literally "open-arse."
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