crab apple

crab apple
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
Hypernyms: ↑apple tree
Part Meronyms: ↑crabapple
2. any of numerous wild apple trees usually with small acidic fruit
Syn: ↑wild apple, ↑crabapple
Hypernyms: ↑apple tree
3. small sour apple; suitable for preserving

crabapples make a tangy jelly

Syn: ↑crabapple
Hypernyms: ↑apple
Part Holonyms: ↑crabapple, ↑cultivated crab apple

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noun, pl ⋯ apples [count]
: a small, sour apple or the kind of tree that produces it

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ˈcrab apple [crab apple crab apples] noun
a tree that produces fruit like small hard sour apples, also called crab apples

crab-apple jelly

Word Origin:
late Middle English: crab perhaps an alteration (influenced by crab or crabbed) of Scots and northern English scrab, in the same sense, probably of Scandinavian origin.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

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