- any of various tropical trees belonging to the genus Syzygium, of the myrtle family, especially S. jambos, of the East Indies, having showy, greenish-white flowers and oval, yellowish fruit.
- the fragrant fruit of any of these trees, used in making jellies and confections.
Origin of rose apple
First recorded in 1620–30
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Examples from the Web for rose apple
We filled ourselves with the juicy pink fruit of the “kavika,” or what is generally known as the Malacca or rose-apple.Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines
H. Wilfrid Walker
The small animals eat the fruit, and I tasted some, but it was not so good as the rose-apple; we called it the white-apple.Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)
The rose-apple grows on one of the most symmetrical trees in Cuba, with strong, oval, glossy leaves.Due South or Cuba Past and Present
Maturin M. Ballou
But when the storm came and the thunder roared and the lightning flashed, the rose-apple tree was afraid and dared not look up.
"Perhaps it is a star and not a diamond," said the rose-apple tree; but because of its brightness it could not tell which it was.
- an ornamental myrtaceous tree, Syzygium jambos, of the East Indies, cultivated in the tropics for its edible fruit
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