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oak apple

Origin of oak apple
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • oak-apple Day, I fear, will never again become a general holiday.

    Holidays & Happy-Days Hamish Hendry
  • The Arabs received the kermis from Armenia, and the name was originally “Quer-més,” “oak-apple.”

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • Take as an example C. quercus, which produces the spongy excrescence well known as the common oak-apple.

    Omphalos Philip Henry Gosse
  • The most probable opinion is that intelligence is an excrescence, like an oak-apple.

British Dictionary definitions for oak-apple

oak apple

any of various brownish round galls on oak trees, containing the larva of certain wasps
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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