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 {love apple}, is usually of a rounded, flattened form, but often irregular in shape. It is of a bright red or yellow color, and is eaten either cooked or uncooked. [1913 Webster]

{Tomato gall} (Zo["o]l.), a large gall consisting of a mass of irregular swellings on the stems and leaves of grapevines. They are yellowish green, somewhat tinged with red, and produced by the larva of a small two-winged fly ({Lasioptera vitis}).

{Tomato sphinx} (Zo["o]l.), the adult or imago of the {tomato worm}. It closely resembles the tobacco hawk moth. Called also {tomato hawk moth}. See Illust. of {Hawk moth}.

{Tomato worm} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a large hawk moth ({Manduca quinquemaculata}, {Protoparce quinquemaculata}, {Sphinx quinquemaculata}, or {Macrosila quinquemaculata}) which feeds upon the leaves of the tomato and potato plants, often doing considerable damage. Called also {tomato hornworm} and {potato worm}, and in the Southern U. S. {tobacco fly}. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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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 — 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 — 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] * …   Universalium

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

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