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love apple

noun
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.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; compare French pomme d'amour, German Liebesapfel
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British Dictionary definitions for love apple

love apple

noun
1.
an archaic name for tomato
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Word Origin and History for love apple
n.

"tomato," 1570s, corresponding to French pomme d'amour, German liebesapfel, but the reason for the term remains obscure. One guess is that it is a corruption of Italian pomo de'Mori or Spanish pome dei Moro, literally "Moorish apple."

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