malic

[mal-ik, mey-lik]

Origin of malic

1790–1800; < French malique < Latin māl(um) apple + French -ique -ic
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Word Origin and History for malic
adj.

1797, from French malique (18c.), from Latin malum "apple" (the acid, discovered 1785 by Scheele, was obtained from unripe apples and other fruits), from Greek melon (Doric malon) "apple," probably from a pre-Greek Mediterranean language. The Latin and Greek words also meant "fruit" generally, especially if exotic.

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