crab apple

  1. a small, sour, wild apple.
  2. any of various small, tart, cultivated varieties of apple, used for making jelly and preserves.
  3. any tree bearing such fruit.

Origin of crab apple

First recorded in 1705–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for crab apple

crab apple

  1. any of several rosaceous trees of the genus Malus that have white, pink, or red flowers and small sour apple-like fruits
  2. the fruit of any of these trees, used to make jam
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