- 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
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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
"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."