adjective Australian Slang.
- apples and oranges,
- apples and pears,
- apples of the hesperides,
Origin of apple
Examples from the Web for apples
Once hot, add the shallots, apples, cranberries, and remaining cranberry juice to the pan.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries|Carla Hall|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is a distinct smell of apples, which are handed out by volunteer workers.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Apples uses his journals to take us back to the sudden loss of his 18-year-old son.
Next to appear are his pretty, teenage daughters, whom he calls the apples of his eye.
Wedding season is upon us, and it is time to start polishing those golden apples, beloveds.
Core, pare and cut the apples into quarters (if large into eighths).Public School Domestic Science|Mrs. J. Hoodless
The next time I went out with apples, two sheep came to my call.
There is a great profusion of fruit, the apples yielding a kind of cider which, however, does not keep longer than a month.
It is important that the apples be very dry, as otherwise the cream will not be light.The Apple|Various
Quarter the apples, or take out the core and leave them whole, as you prefer.The Young Housekeeper's Friend|Mrs. (Mary Hooker) Cornelius
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