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[mal-ik, mey-lik]
  1. pertaining to or derived from apples.
  2. Chemistry. of or derived from malic acid.
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Origin of malic

1790–1800; < French malique < Latin māl(um) apple + French -ique -ic
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Examples from the Web for malic

Historical Examples

  • How may the presence of malic acid in a vinegar be detected?

    Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value

    Harry Snyder

  • In their thorniness, however, there is no malice, only some malic acid.

    Excursions and Poems

    Henry David Thoreau

  • Malic acid has, however, been discovered to be present in the prothallus as a whole.

    How to Know the Ferns

    S. Leonard Bastin

  • The most important acids in fruit are citric, malic and tartaric.

  • From malic acid, by fermentation, or by digestion with hydriodic acid in sealed tubes.

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.

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