appleseed, johnny

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Appleseed, Johnny definition


An American folk hero who established an apple tree nursery in Pennsylvania in the early nineteenth century. For decades, he traveled through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, planting apple seeds and encouraging the settlers to start orchards. His real name was John Chapman.

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