Medlar meaning

mĕd'lər
A deciduous European tree (Mespilus germanica) in the rose family, having white flowers and edible apple-shaped fruit.
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The fruit of this plant, eaten fresh or made into preserves.
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A small tree (Mespilus germanica) of the rose family, growing in Europe and Asia.
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Its small, brown, applelike fruit, hard and bitter when ripe and eaten or used in preserves when partly decayed.
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A tree of the genus Mespilus.
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The fruit of the tree. The fruit is something like a small apple, and it is not eaten until it has begun to decay, or more properly, to blet.
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Origin of medlar

  • Middle English medler from Old French meslier, medler from mesle, medle fruit of the medlar from Late Latin mespila from Greek mespilē
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Via Middle English from Old French medler, from medle (“medlar fruit"), from Latin mespila, from Ancient Greek μέσπιλον (mespilon)
    From Wiktionary