- a tree bearing crab apples.
Origin of crab tree
Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
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Examples from the Web for crab tree
By-and-bye they rode under the crab-tree, but the seat was empty.Last Words
Juliana Horatia Ewing
If you find a crab-apple on a tree, you may be sure that the tree is a crab-tree.
Tis not the crab-tree faced World neither that makes mine sour.
Crab′-stick, a stick made out of the crab-tree; Crab′-tree, the tree that bears crab-apples.
But to draw sense out of that boy was as hard as picking cherries off a crab-tree.Humorous Ghost Stories