love apple

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:
1570–80; compare French pomme d'amour, German Liebesapfel

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love apple
 
n
an archaic name for tomato

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love apple
"tomato," 1578, corresponding to Fr. pomme d'amour, Ger. liebesapfel, but the reason for the term remains obscure. One guess is that it is a corruption of It. pomo de'Mori or Sp. pome dei Moro, lit. "Moorish apple."
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