MEDLARS

medlar

[med-ler]
noun
1.
a small tree, Mespilus germanica, of the rose family, the fruit of which resembles a crab apple and is not edible until the early stages of decay.
2.
any of certain related trees.
3.
the fruit of any of these trees.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English medler < Anglo-French, equivalent to medle (Old French mesle the fruit < Latin mespilum < Greek méspilon) + -er -er2

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medlar (ˈmɛdlə)
 
n
1.  a small Eurasian rosaceous tree, Mespilus germanica
2.  the fruit of this tree, which resembles the crab apple and is not edible until it has begun to decay
3.  any of several other rosaceous trees or their fruits
 
[C14: from Old French medlier, from Latin mespilum medlar fruit, from Greek mespilon]

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medlar
"small fruit-bearing tree," mid-14c. (in reference to the fruit itself), from O.Fr. medler, variant of mesple, from L. mespila "fruit of the medlar," from Gk. mespilion, a foreign word of unknown origin.
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MEDLARS abbr.
Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System (computerized index system of the U. S. National Library of Medicine)

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