Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fleshy fruit, such as an apple, pear, or quince, having several seed chambers and an outer fleshy part largely derived from the hypanthium. Also called false fruit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of fruit in which the edible flesh arises from the swollen base of the flower and not from the carpels.
  • v. To grow to a head, or form a head in growing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fruit composed of several cartilaginous or bony carpels inclosed in an adherent fleshy mass, which is partly receptacle and partly calyx, as an apple, quince, or pear.
  • n. A ball of silver or other metal, which is filled with hot water, and used by the priest in cold weather to warm his hands during the service.
  • intransitive v. To grow to a head, or form a head in growing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To grow to a head, or form a head in growing.
  • n. An apple; a fruit of the apple kind; specifically, in botany, a fleshy fruit composed of the thickened walls of the adnate calyx embracing one or more carpels, as the apple, pear, etc.
  • n. A ball or globe; the kingly globe, mound, or ball of dominion.
  • n. In the Western Church, in medieval times, a small globe of silver or other metal filled with hot water and placed on the altar during mass in cold weather, so that the priest might keep his fingers from becoming numb, and thus avoid danger of accident to the elements.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fleshy fruit (apple or pear or related fruits) having seed chambers and an outer fleshy part

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, apple, fruit, from Vulgar Latin *pōma, from neuter pl. of Late Latin pōmum, from Latin, fruit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin pomum. For the verb, compare French pommer. (Wiktionary)

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