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southern crab apple

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noun

a tree, Malus angustifolia, of the eastern U.S., having oblong leaves, fragrant, pink or rose-colored flowers, and small, round, yellow-green fruit.

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Origin of southern crab apple

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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