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Definition: love apple
n : native to South America; widely cultivated in many varieties
, tomato plant
, Lycopersicon esculentum
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Definition: Love apple
(l[u^]v), n. [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin
to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh
to be lustful. See Lief
1. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which
delights or commands admiration; pre["e]minent kindness or
devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love
of brothers and sisters.
Of all the dearest bonds we prove
Thou countest sons' and mothers' love
Most sacred, most Thine own. --Keble.
2. Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate
affection for, one of the opposite sex.
He on his side
Leaning half-raised, with looks of cordial love
Hung over her enamored. --Milton.
3. Courtship; -- chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e.,
to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage.
Demetrius . . .
Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,
And won her soul. --Shak.
4. Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or
desire; fondness; good will; -- opposed to hate
with of and an object.
Love, and health to all. --Shak.
Smit with the love of sacred song. --Milton.
The love of science faintly warmed his breast.
5. Due gratitude and reverence to God.
Keep yourselves in the love of God. --Jude 21.
6. The object of affection; -- often employed in endearing
address; as, he held his love in his arms; his greatest
love was reading. “Trust me, love.”
Open the temple gates unto my love. --Spenser.
7. Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus.
Such was his form as painters, when they show
Their utmost art, on naked Lores bestow. --Dryden.
Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love.
8. A thin silk stuff. [Obs.] --Boyle.
9. (Bot.) A climbing species of Clematis
10. Nothing; no points scored on one side; -- used in
counting score at tennis, etc.
He won the match by three sets to love. --The
11. Sexual intercourse; -- a euphemism.
Note: Love is often used in the formation of compounds, in
most of which the meaning is very obvious; as,
love-cracked, love-darting, love-killing, love-linked,
A labor of love
, a labor undertaken on account of regard
for some person, or through pleasure in the work itself,
without expectation of reward.
, the doctrine or practice of consorting with one
of the opposite sex, at pleasure, without marriage. See
, one who avows or practices free love.
, in the act of loving; -- said esp. of the love of
the sexes; as, to be in love; to fall in love.
(Bot.), the tomato.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of small,
short-tailed parrots, or parrakeets, of the genus
, and allied genera. They are mostly from
Africa. Some species are often kept as cage birds, and are
celebrated for the affection which they show for their
, a person who for pay acts as agent between
lovers, or as a go-between in a sexual intrigue. --Shak.
, a charm for exciting love. --Ld. Lytton.
. an illegitimate child. --Jane Austen.
, a day formerly appointed for an amicable
adjustment of differences. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.
, a love potion; a philter. --Chaucer.
, something given to be worn in token of love.
, a religious festival, held quarterly by some
religious denominations, as the Moravians and Methodists,
in imitation of the agap[ae] of the early Christians.
, the gallant act of a lover. --Shak.
, a game, as in tennis, in which the vanquished
person or party does not score a point.
. [G. liebesgras.] (Bot.) Any grass of the genus
(a) An herb of the Buttercup family (Nigella Damascena
having the flowers hidden in a maze of finely cut
(b) The West Indian Passiflora f[oe]tida
, which has
(Bot.), a kind of violet; the small pansy.
A little western flower,
Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound;
And maidens call it love-in-idleness. --Shak.
, juice of a plant supposed to produce love.
, a knot or bow, as of ribbon; -- so called from
being used as a token of love, or as a pledge of mutual
, a sweetheart.
, a letter of courtship. --Shak.
(Bot.), a species of amaranth
, a marriage brought about by love alone.
, a compounded draught intended to excite love,
or venereal desire.
, sexual intercourse. --Pope
, an exhibition of love, as between lovers on the
, courtship. --Shak.
Of all loves
, for the sake of all love; by all means.
[Obs.] “Mrs. Arden desired him of all loves to come back
The god of love
, or The Love god
To make love
, to engage in sexual intercourse; -- a
To make love to
, to express affection for; to woo. “If you
will marry, make your loves to me.”
To play for love
, to play a game, as at cards, without
stakes. “A game at piquet for love.”
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Syn: Affection; friendship; kindness; tenderness; fondness;
([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