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[bel, beyl, bahyl]
  1. a spiny citrus tree, Aegle marmelos, of India.
  2. the hard-shelled, greenish-yellow, edible fruit of this tree.
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Also bel.

Origin of bael

First recorded in 1610–20, bael is from the Hindi word bēl
Also called Bengal quince.
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  1. a spiny Indian rutaceous tree, Aegle marmelos
  2. the edible thick-shelled fruit of this tree
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Word Origin

C17: from Hindi bel
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