Neapolitan medlar
Medlar Med"lar, n. [OE. medler medlar tree, OF. meslier, F. n['e]flier, L. mespilum, mespilus, Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Naseberry}.] A tree of the genus {Mespilus} ({Mespilus Germanica}); also, the fruit of the tree. The fruit is something like a small apple, but has a bony endocarp. When first gathered the flesh is hard and austere, and it is not eaten until it has begun to decay. [1913 Webster]

{Japan medlar} (Bot.), the loquat. See {Loquat}.

{Neapolitan medlar} (Bot.), a kind of thorn tree ({Crat[ae]gus Azarolus}); also, its fruit. [1913 Webster]


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  • Medlar — Med lar, n. [OE. medler medlar tree, OF. meslier, F. n[ e]flier, L. mespilum, mespilus, Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Naseberry}.] A tree of the genus {Mespilus} ({Mespilus Germanica}); also, the fruit of the tree. The fruit is something like a small apple, but …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Japan medlar — Medlar Med lar, n. [OE. medler medlar tree, OF. meslier, F. n[ e]flier, L. mespilum, mespilus, Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Naseberry}.] A tree of the genus {Mespilus} ({Mespilus Germanica}); also, the fruit of the tree. The fruit is something like a small… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crataegus Azarolus — Medlar Med lar, n. [OE. medler medlar tree, OF. meslier, F. n[ e]flier, L. mespilum, mespilus, Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Naseberry}.] A tree of the genus {Mespilus} ({Mespilus Germanica}); also, the fruit of the tree. The fruit is something like a small… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mespilus Germanica — Medlar Med lar, n. [OE. medler medlar tree, OF. meslier, F. n[ e]flier, L. mespilum, mespilus, Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Naseberry}.] A tree of the genus {Mespilus} ({Mespilus Germanica}); also, the fruit of the tree. The fruit is something like a small… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Azarole — Az a*role, n. [F. azerole, the name of the fruit, fr. Ar. az zo r?r: cf. It. azzeruolo, Sp. acerolo.] (Bot.) The Neapolitan medlar ({Crat[ae]gus azarolus}), a shrub of southern Europe; also, its fruit. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crataegus azarolus — Azarole Az a*role, n. [F. azerole, the name of the fruit, fr. Ar. az zo r?r: cf. It. azzeruolo, Sp. acerolo.] (Bot.) The Neapolitan medlar ({Crat[ae]gus azarolus}), a shrub of southern Europe; also, its fruit. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • azarole — noun The Neapolitan medlar, Crataegus azarolus, a shrub of southern Europe; also, its fruit …   Wiktionary

  • az|a|role — «AZ uh rohl», noun. 1. the slightly acid, pleasantly flavored fruit, about the size of a cherry, of a species of hawthorn of southern Europe. 2. the tree itself. Also, Neapolitan medlar. ╂[< French azerole < Arabic az zu rūr] …   Useful english dictionary

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