balsam apple


noun

a climbing Old World tropical vine, Momordica balsamina, of the gourd family.
the orange, ovoid, warty fruit of this vine.

Nearby words

  1. balopticon,
  2. balpa,
  3. balqash,
  4. balsa,
  5. balsam,
  6. balsam capivi,
  7. balsam family,
  8. balsam fir,
  9. balsam of peru,
  10. balsam of tolu

Origin of balsam apple

First recorded in 1570–80

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British Dictionary definitions for balsam apple

balsam apple

noun

an ornamental cucurbitaceous vine, Momordica balsamina, of the Old World tropics, with yellow flowers and orange egg-shaped fruits
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