from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A deciduous European tree (Mespilus germanica) having white flowers and edible apple-shaped fruit.
- n. The fruit of this plant, eaten fresh or made into preserves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tree of the genus Mespilus
- n. the fruit of the tree. The fruit is something like a small apple, and it is not eaten until it has begun to decay, or more properly, blet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tree of the genus Mespilus (Mespilus Germanica); also, the fruit of the tree. The fruit is something like a small apple, but has a bony endocarp. When first gathered the flesh is hard and austere, and it is not eaten until it has begun to decay.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small, generally bushy tree, Mespilus Germanica, related to the crab-apple, cultivated in gardens for its fruit. It is wild in central and southern Europe, but was introduced from western Asia. See Mespilus.
- n. The fruit of the above tree, resembling a small brown-skinned apple, but with a broad disk at the summit surrounded by the remains of the calyx-lobes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small deciduous tree of southern Africa having edible fruit
- n. a South African globular fruit with brown leathery skin and pithy flesh having a sweet-acid taste
- n. crabapple-like fruit used for preserves
- n. small deciduous Eurasian tree cultivated for its fruit that resemble crab apples
Middle English medler, from Old French meslier, medler, from mesle, medle, fruit of the medlar, from Late Latin mespila, from Greek mespilē.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Middle English from Old French medler, from medle ("medlar fruit"), from Latin mespila, from Ancient Greek μέσπιλον (Wiktionary)