- a small tree, Mespilus germanica, of the rose family, the fruit of which resembles a crab apple and is not edible until the early stages of decay.
- any of certain related trees.
- the fruit of any of these trees.
Origin of medlar
Examples from the Web for medlar
The latter is a sort of medlar, which all hands pronounced delicious.In the Wilds of Africa
But indeed, Mr. Medlar, you should not sacrifice your constitution to your benevolence.The Adventures of Roderick Random
In the ornaments of the doorway we see the ammonite and medlar.The Cathedrals of Great Britain
P. H. Ditchfield
The fruit may be eaten after it has begun to decay, as in the case of the Medlar.Wayside and Woodland Trees
There are bushes again and a magnolia, and a Japanese medlar, and there is moss.Cecilia
F. Marion Crawford
- a small Eurasian rosaceous tree, Mespilus germanica
- the fruit of this tree, which resembles the crab apple and is not edible until it has begun to decay
- any of several other rosaceous trees or their fruits
Word Origin and History for medlar
"small fruit-bearing tree," mid-14c. (in reference to the fruit itself), from Old French medler, variant of mesple, from Latin mespila "fruit of the medlar," from Greek mespilion, a foreign word of unknown origin. The Old English name was openærs, literally "open-arse."