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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

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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