oak apple



Origin of oak apple

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for oak apple

Historical Examples of oak apple

  • Oak-Apple Day, I fear, will never again become a general holiday.

  • The Arabs received the kermis from Armenia, and the name was originally “Quer-més,” “oak-apple.”

    Needlework As Art

    Marian Alford

  • The most probable opinion is that intelligence is an excrescence, like an oak-apple.

  • Take as an example C. quercus, which produces the spongy excrescence well known as the common Oak-apple.


    Philip Henry Gosse

British Dictionary definitions for oak apple

oak apple

oak gall


any of various brownish round galls on oak trees, containing the larva of certain wasps
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