Origin of apple
Related Words for appleolive, blue-green, sphere, earth, globe, world, asteroid, planet, circle, orb, city, municipality, metropolis, township, center, downtown, place, capital, port, dust
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Contemporary Examples of apple
Apple customers, on the other hand, are used to paying premium for perceived quality.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
The process of co-opting black music and selling it back to the adoring public in whiteface is as American as apple pie.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
Companies like Delta, Apple, and Nike flex their political muscle on behalf of gay rights.
Apple, PetSmart, Wells Fargo, Marriott, and Delta also spoke out.
In “Cartoons and Cereal,” he sings, “Reminisce when I had the morning appetite/ Apple Jacks, had nothing that I hit the TV Guide.”Cereal Cafe’s Big Bowl of Hate
December 14, 2014
Historical Examples of apple
Viviette seated herself on a bench beneath the apple blossoms.
Viviette shredded an apple blossom that had fallen into her lap.
"I give not the pip of an apple for king or for noble," cried the serf passionately.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.De Profundis
Apple sauce is eaten with roast pork, roast goose and roast ducks.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Word Origin for apple
Old English æppel "apple; any kind of fruit; fruit in general," from Proto-Germanic *ap(a)laz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch appel, Old Norse eple, Old High German apful, German Apfel), from PIE *ab(e)l "apple" (cf. Gaulish avallo "fruit;" Old Irish ubull, Lithuanian obuolys, Old Church Slavonic jabloko "apple"), but the exact relation and original sense of these is uncertain (cf. melon).
A roted eppel amang þe holen, makeþ rotie þe yzounde. ["Ayenbite of Inwit," 1340]
In Middle English and as late as 17c., it was a generic term for all fruit other than berries but including nuts (e.g. Old English fingeræppla "dates," literally "finger-apples;" Middle English appel of paradis "banana," c.1400). Hence its grafting onto the unnamed "fruit of the forbidden tree" in Genesis. Cucumbers, in one Old English work, are eorþæppla, literally "earth-apples" (cf. French pomme de terre "potato," literally "earth-apple;" see also melon). French pomme is from Latin pomum "apple; fruit" (see Pomona).
As far as the forbidden fruit is concerned, again, the Quran does not mention it explicitly, but according to traditional commentaries it was not an apple, as believed by Christians and Jews, but wheat. ["The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity," Seyyed Hossein Nasr, 2002]
Apple of Discord (c.1400) was thrown into the wedding of Thetis and Peleus by Eris (goddess of chaos and discord), who had not been invited, and inscribed kallisti "To the Prettiest One." Paris, elected to choose which goddess should have it, gave it to Aphrodite, offending Hera and Athene, with consequences of the Trojan War, etc.
Apple of one's eye (Old English), symbol of what is most cherished, was the pupil, supposed to be a globular solid body. Apple-polisher "one who curries favor" first attested 1928 in student slang. The image of something that upsets the apple cart is attested from 1788. Road apple "horse dropping" is from 1942.
In addition to the idioms beginning with apple
- apple a day
- apple of one's eye
- apple polisher
- apples and oranges
- polish the apple
- rotten apple
- upset the applecart