Apple and Banana

Apple

The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family (Rosaceae).

apple n 1: fruit with red or yellow or green skin and sweet to tart crisp whitish flesh 2: native Eurasian tree widely cultivated in many varieties for its firm rounded edible fruits [syn: {orchard apple tree}, {Malus pumila}]

Apple \Ap"ple\ ([a^]p"p'l), v. i. To grow like an apple; to bear apples. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

Apple \Ap"ple\ ([a^]p"p'l), n. [OE. appel, eppel, AS. [ae]ppel, [ae]pl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, G. apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. ["a]ple, Dan. [ae]ble, Gael. ubhall, W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. ob[*u]lys, Russ. iabloko; of unknown origin.] 1. The fleshy pome or fruit of a rosaceous tree ({Pyrus malus}) cultivated in numberless varieties in the temperate zones. [1913 Webster] Note: The European crab apple is supposed to be the original kind, from which all others have sprung. [1913 Webster] 2. (bot.) Any tree genus {Pyrus} which has the stalk sunken into the base of the fruit; an apple tree. [1913 Webster] 3. Any fruit or other vegetable production resembling, or supposed to resemble, the apple; as, apple of love, or love apple (a tomato), balsam apple, egg apple, oak apple. [1913 Webster] 4. Anything round like an apple; as, an apple of gold. [1913 Webster] Note: Apple is used either adjectively or in combination; as, apple paper or apple-paper, apple-shaped, apple blossom, apple dumpling, apple pudding. [1913 Webster] {Apple blight}, an aphid which injures apple trees. See {Blight}, n. {Apple borer} (Zo["o]l.), a coleopterous insect ({Saperda candida} or {Saperda bivittata}), the larva of which bores into the trunk of the apple tree and pear tree. {Apple brandy}, brandy made from apples. {Apple butter}, a sauce made of apples stewed down in cider. --Bartlett. {Apple corer}, an instrument for removing the cores from apples. {Apple fly} (Zo["o]l.), any dipterous insect, the larva of which burrows in apples. Apple flies belong to the genera {Drosophila} and {Trypeta}. {Apple midge} (Zo["o]l.) a small dipterous insect ({Sciara mali}), the larva of which bores in apples. {Apple of the eye}, the pupil. {Apple of discord}, a subject of contention and envy, so called from the mythological golden apple, inscribed ``For the fairest,'' which was thrown into an assembly of the gods by Eris, the goddess of discord. It was contended for by Juno, Minerva, and Venus, and was adjudged to the latter. {Apple of love}, or {Love apple}, the tomato ({Lycopersicum esculentum}). {Apple of Peru}, a large coarse herb ({Nicandra physaloides}) bearing pale blue flowers, and a bladderlike fruit inclosing a dry berry. {Apples of Sodom}, a fruit described by ancient writers as externally of fair appearance but dissolving into smoke and ashes when plucked; Dead Sea apples. The name is often given to the fruit of {Solanum Sodom[ae]um}, a prickly shrub with fruit not unlike a small yellow tomato. {Apple sauce}, stewed apples. [U. S.] {Apple snail} or {Apple shell} (Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water, operculated, spiral shell of the genus {Ampullaria}. {Apple tart}, a tart containing apples. {Apple tree}, a tree which naturally bears apples. See {Apple, 2.} {Apple wine}, cider. {Apple worm} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a small moth ({Carpocapsa pomonella}) which burrows in the interior of apples. See {Codling moth}. {Dead Sea Apple}. (a) pl. Apples of Sodom. Also Fig. ``To seek the Dead Sea apples of politics.'' --S. B. Griffin. (b) A kind of gallnut coming from Arabia. See {Gallnut}. [1913 Webster]

APPLE A revision of {APL} for the {Illiac IV}. (1995-04-28)

Apple (Heb. tappuah, meaning "fragrance"). Probably the apricot or quince is intended by the word, as Palestine was too hot for the growth of apples proper. It is enumerated among the most valuable trees of Palestine (Joel 1:12), and frequently referred to in Canticles, and noted for its beauty (2:3, 5; 8:5). There is nothing to show that it was the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil." Dr. Tristram has suggested that the apricot has better claims than any other fruit-tree to be the apple of Scripture. It grows to a height of 30 feet, has a roundish mass of glossy leaves, and bears an orange coloured fruit that gives out a delicious perfume. The "apple of the eye" is the Heb. _ishon_, meaning manikin, i.e., the pupil of the eye (Prov. 7:2). (Comp. the promise, Zech. 2:8; the prayer, Ps. 17:8; and its fulfilment, Deut. 32:10.) The so-called "apple of Sodom" some have supposed to be the Solanum sanctum (Heb. hedek), rendered "brier" (q.v.) in Micah 7:4, a thorny plant bearing fruit like the potato-apple. This shrub abounds in the Jordan valley. (See {ENGEDI}.)

Banana

Banana is the common name for an edible fruit produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants of the genus Musa.

banana n 1: any of several tropical and subtropical treelike herbs of the genus Musa having a terminal crown of large entire leaves and usually bearing hanging clusters of elongated fruits [syn: {banana tree}] 2: elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft sweet flesh

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Banana \Ba*na"na\ (b[.a]*n[aum]"n[.a]; 277), n. [Sp. banana, name of the fruit.] (Bot.) A perennial herbaceous plant of almost treelike size ({Musa sapientum}); also, its edible fruit. See {Musa}. [1913 Webster] Note: The banana has a soft, herbaceous stalk, with leaves of great length and breadth. The flowers grow in bunches, covered with a sheath of a green or purple color; the fruit is five or six inches long, and over an inch in diameter; the pulp is soft, and of a luscious taste, and is eaten either raw or cooked. This plant is a native of tropical countries, and furnishes an important article of food. [1913 Webster] {Banana bird} (Zo["o]l.), a small American bird ({Icterus leucopteryx}), which feeds on the banana. {Banana quit} (Zo["o]l.), a small bird of tropical America, of the genus {Certhiola}, allied to the creepers. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • apple: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • apple: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • apple: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • apple: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • apple: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
  • banana: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • banana: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • banana: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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