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Northern Spy

an American variety of red-striped apple that ripens in autumn or early winter.
Origin of Northern Spy
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Northern Spy was chosen because of its hardiness and straight, clean, erect growth, making it a vigorous and comely stock.

    The Apple-Tree L. H. Bailey
  • The Northern Spy, Æsop, and Spitzenburg are also admirable kinds.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • Our trees top-worked to Jonathan and Northern Spy are bearing good this year; they show no signs of winter-killing.

  • These Northern Spy trees, used in this case as stocks, were regularly grown by nurserymen.

    The Apple-Tree L. H. Bailey
  • The calla lily had two buds, the Northern Spy tree was not going to bear very well.

    Rebecca Mary Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • However, root infestation has been overcome by using root stocks, such as Northern Spy, that are immune.

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