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oak apple

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noun
  1. oak gall.

Origin of oak apple

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for oak apple

Historical Examples

  • Oak-Apple Day, I fear, will never again become a general holiday.

    Holidays & Happy-Days

    Hamish Hendry

  • The Arabs received the kermis from Armenia, and the name was originally “Quer-més,” “oak-apple.”

    Needlework As Art

    Marian Alford

  • The most probable opinion is that intelligence is an excrescence, like an oak-apple.

  • Take as an example C. quercus, which produces the spongy excrescence well known as the common Oak-apple.

    Omphalos

    Philip Henry Gosse


British Dictionary definitions for oak apple

oak apple

oak gall

noun
  1. any of various brownish round galls on oak trees, containing the larva of certain wasps
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