crab apple

crab apple
noun Etymology: 3crab Date: 1680 any of various wild or cultivated trees (genus Malus) that are cultivars or relatives of the cultivated apple and that produce small sour fruit; also the fruit

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Crab apple — Crab Crab (kr[a^]b), n. [AS. crabba; akin to D. krab, G. krabbe, krebs, Icel. krabbi, Sw. krabba, Dan. krabbe, and perh. to E. cramp. Cf. {Crawfish}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crab apple — crab .apple n [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Perhaps from CRAB] a small sour apple, or the tree it grows on …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • crab apple — crab apples N COUNT A crab apple is a tree like an apple tree that produces small sour fruit …   English dictionary

  • crab apple — n. 1. any of several species of small, very sour apples (genus Malus), growing wild or cultivated and used for making jellies and preserves 2. a tree bearing crab apples: also crab tree …   English World dictionary

  • crab-apple — crabˈ apple noun • • • Main Entry: ↑crab …   Useful english dictionary

  • crab apple — crab ,apple noun count or uncount a very small sour apple …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • crab apple — ► NOUN ▪ a small, sour kind of apple. ORIGIN perhaps an alteration of Scots and northern English scrab …   English terms dictionary

  • crab apple — noun 1. any of numerous varieties of crab apples cultivated for their small acidic (usually bright red) fruit used for preserves or as ornamentals for their blossoms • Syn: ↑crabapple, ↑cultivated crab apple • Hypernyms: ↑apple tree • Hyponyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • crab apple — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms crab apple : singular crab apple plural crab apples a very small sour apple …   English dictionary

  • crab apple — miškinė obelis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erškėtinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Malus sylvestris), paplitęs Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Malus sylvestris angl. crab apple; European crab apple šaltinis Valstybinės lietuvių… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • crab apple — slyvalapė obelis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erškėtinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Malus prunifolia), paplitęs Kinijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Malus prunifolia angl. Chinese apple; Chinese apple tree; crab apple; pearleaf crabapple; plum …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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