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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 of love apple
1570-1580
1570-80; compare French pomme d'amour, German Liebesapfel
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  • Yet the Tomato or love apple (so called because it was supposed to excite tender feelings) is both nutritious and delicious.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • In Sicily, when a young man is in love, he presents the object of his affections with a love apple.

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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