- an American plant, Podophyllum peltatum, of the barberry family, bearing an edible, yellowish, egg-shaped fruit.
- the fruit itself.
Origin of May apple
An Americanism dating back to 1725–35
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Examples from the Web for may apple
The shadows of the May-apple stalks were getting longer and longer.Up Terrapin River
Opie P. Read
She was terribly stiff and she had slept near a bed of May-apple blossoms.More Tish
Mary Roberts Rinehart
His daughter smiled, and asked him some idle question about the May-apple and the Judas-tree.Audrey
We are told that the May-apple is a roadside plant, but I have found it only in the woods.
One of the most delicious wild fruits we have is the May-apple or mandrake.
- an American berberidaceous plant, Podophyllum peltatum, with edible yellowish egg-shaped fruit
- the fruit of this plant
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