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May apple

or Mayapple

noun

  1. an American plant, Podophyllum peltatum, of the barberry family, bearing an edible, yellowish, egg-shaped fruit.
  2. the fruit itself.


May apple

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of May apple1

An Americanism dating back to 1725–35
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Example Sentences

From the tincture of the root (rhizomes) of may-apple (Podophyllum peltatum).

Of the May-apple, I did not raise one green tent without finding a flower beneath.

While the fruit of the May-apple is edible, the leaves and root are poisonous, not to the touch but to the taste.

The shadows of the May-apple stalks were getting longer and longer.

The broad leaves and waxen flowers of the May-apple carpeted unexpected clearings.

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