- a tropical, tender plant, Solanum aculeatissimum, of the nightshade family, having prickly leaves, clusters of large, star-shaped white flowers, and red, tomatolike fruit.
- Archaic. the tomato.
Origin of love apple
Examples from the Web for love apple
It was first used for ornamental purposes and was called "love-apple."Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value
All swallow the love-apple bait presented by some wicked genius of the devil, who sports with the affections of mankind.The Court of Cacus
So far was he concern'd in looking after that Love-apple, or Night-shadow, for the cure of his own burning distemper.
- an archaic name for tomato
Word Origin and History for love apple
"tomato," 1570s, corresponding to French pomme d'amour, German liebesapfel, but the reason for the term remains obscure. One guess is that it is a corruption of Italian pomo de'Mori or Spanish pome dei Moro, literally "Moorish apple."