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bitter apple

noun
1.
colocynth (defs 1, 2).
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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British Dictionary definitions for bitter-apple

bitter apple

noun
1.
another name for colocynth
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bitter apple

(Citrullus colocynthis), hairy-stemmed climbing vine, of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), native to the Mediterranean region. The colocynth has small, pale greenish yellow flowers, forked tendrils, hairy, deeply cut leaves, and rounded yellow or green fruits that have a bitter taste. The fruits yield a purgative and a derivative that is used against rodents.

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