[mal-ik, mey-lik]


pertaining to or derived from apples.
Chemistry. of or derived from malic acid.

Origin of malic

1790–1800; < French malique < Latin māl(um) apple + French -ique -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for malic

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper