• synonyms

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.
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Origin of crab apple

First recorded in 1705–15
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Historical Examples of crab apple

  • "Balm of marigolds, with the essential oil of crab-apple," said Martha.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • Under the crab-apple tree she drew him down upon a bench beside her.

  • He jumped in and was burnt, shrivelling up to the size of a crab-apple.

  • The Crabtree-worm can be taken by beating the branches of the crab-apple.

  • But the prime-minister was as sour about it all as a crab-apple.

    Twilight Land

    Howard Pyle

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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