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Definition: Apple of the eye
([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
1. The fleshy pome or fruit of a rosaceous tree (Pyrus malus
) cultivated in numberless varieties in the
Note: The European crab apple is supposed to be the original
kind, from which all others have sprung.
2. (bot.) Any tree genus Pyrus
which has the stalk sunken
into the base of the fruit; an apple tree.
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.
4. Anything round like an apple; as, an apple of gold.
Note: Apple is used either adjectively or in combination; as,
apple paper or apple-paper, apple-shaped, apple
blossom, apple dumpling, apple pudding.
, an aphid which injures apple trees. See
(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.
, brandy made from apples.
, a sauce made of apples stewed down in cider.
, an instrument for removing the cores from
(Zo["o]l.), any dipterous insect, the larva of
which burrows in apples. Apple flies belong to the genera
(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
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
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.
, stewed apples. [U. S.]
or Apple shell
(Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water,
operculated, spiral shell of the genus Ampullaria
, a tart containing apples.
, a tree which naturally bears apples. See
(Zo["o]l.), the larva of a small moth
) 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