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
His face was wrinkled and brown, like the exterior of that incomprehensible fruit the medlar, which is never ripe till it is bad, and then it is to be avoided.
Three-course lunch/dinner for two with wine, about £90/£130 including 12.5 per cent service A medlar is a fruit that requires "bletting" to become edible.
One of our men had got us a bag full of fruit, -- limes, zapotes, and nisperos, which last are a large kind of medlar, besides a number of other kinds of fruit, which we ate without knowing what they were.
She's also making preserves; traditional ones such as medlar jelly for serving with game, pear chutney, apple chutney, and lots of her own invention, which she plays around with and perfects.
They wanted me to be a schoolchild and ask basic questions, such as 'What is a medlar?'
Try to resist this description: The medlar, which resembles a russeted crabapple with an open blossom end, is a pome fruit, kin to apples and pears, and most closely related to hawthorns.
Of the two 2007 liqueurs that I decanted today, the bletted medlar one is good but a bit rough.
I'm making yummy historical edibles as well as encouraging people to drink wine and medlar liqueur.
You'd let people eat whatever they liked, and your major sacrement would consist of chocolate and medlar liquer.
Auntie Joan would have loved the medlar experiments.