love apple

love apple
1. a tropical, tender plant, Solanum aculeatissimum, of the nightshade family, having prickly leaves, clusters of large, star-shaped white flowers, and red, tomatolike fruit.
2. Archaic. the tomato.
[1570-80; cf. F pomme d'amour, G Liebesapfel]

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  • Love apple — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Love apple — Love Love (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[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • love apple — tomato, 1570s, corresponding to Fr. pomme d amour, Ger. liebesapfel, but the reason for the term remains obscure. One guess is that it is a corruption of It. pomo de Mori or Sp. pome dei Moro, lit. Moorish apple …   Etymology dictionary

  • love apple — n. [transl. of Fr pomme d amour, Ger liebesapfel, calques of It pomo d amore, folk etym. for earlier It pomo dei Mori, lit., apple of the Moors] Archaic the tomato …   English World dictionary

  • love apple — Tomato To*ma to, n.; pl. {Tomatoes}. [Sp. or Pg. tomate, of American Indian origin; cf. Mexican tomail.] (Bot.) The fruit of a plant of the Nightshade family ({Lycopersicum esculentun}); also, the plant itself. The fruit, which is called also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • love-apple — gausiadyglė kiauliauogė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bulvinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Solanum aculeatissimum), paplitęs Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Solanum aculeatissimum; Solanum khasianum angl. love… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • love apple — love′ ap ple n. pln tomato • Etymology: 1570–80; cf. F pomme d amour …   From formal English to slang

  • love apple — noun A tomato. Syn: apple of love …   Wiktionary

  • love apple — noun Etymology: probably translation of French pomme d amour Date: 1578 tomato …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • love apple — tomato (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

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