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

  • n. A variety of red eating apple, grown commercially in the northern United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cultivar of apple with red and green skin, tart flavor and white flesh that ripens in late September.
  • n. The tree that bears this fruit.

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

  • n. early-ripening apple popular in the northeastern United States; primarily eaten raw but suitable for applesauce


After John McIntosh (fl. 1796), Canadian farmer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after John McIntosh of Ontario, Canada, who discovered the original single tree in 1796. (Wiktionary)



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