- a small tree (Mespilus germanica) of the rose family, growing in Europe and Asia
- its small, brown, applelike fruit, hard and bitter when ripe and eaten or used in preserves when partly decayed
Origin of medlarMiddle English medler ; from Old French medler, meslier ; from mesle, the fruit ; from Classical Latin mespilum ; from Classical Greek mespilon
- A deciduous European tree (Mespilus germanica) in the rose family, having white flowers and edible apple-shaped fruit.
- The fruit of this plant, eaten fresh or made into preserves.
Origin of medlarMiddle English medler, from Old French meslier, medler, from mesle, medle, fruit of the medlar, from Late Latin mespila, from Greek mespil&emacron;.
Via Middle English from Old French medler, from medle (“medlar fruit"), from Latin mespila, from Ancient Greek Î¼ÎÏƒÏ€Î¹Î»Î¿Î½ (mespilon)