May apple

or May·ap·ple



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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for may apple

Historical Examples of 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.


    Mary Johnston

  • We are told that the May-apple is a roadside plant, but I have found it only in the woods.

    On the Trail

    Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard

  • One of the most delicious wild fruits we have is the May-apple or mandrake.

    On the Trail

    Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard

British Dictionary definitions for may apple

May apple


an American berberidaceous plant, Podophyllum peltatum, with edible yellowish egg-shaped fruit
the fruit of this plant
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