apple is used either adjectively or in combination; as, apple paper or apple-paper, apple-shaped, apple blossom, apple dumpling, apple pudding. Apple blight, an aphid which injures apple trees. See blight, apple borer, the larva of a small moth (Carpocapsa pomonella) which burrows in the interior of apples. See Codling moth. Dead sea apple. Apples of Sodom. Also fig. To seek the dead sea apples of politics. . A kind of gallnut coming from arabia. See gallnut.
Origin: oe. Appel, eppel, as. Aeppel, aepl; akin to Fries. & D. Appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, g. Apfel, Icel. Epli, Sw. Aple, dan. Aeble, gael. Ubhall, W. Afal, arm. Aval, lith. Oblys, Russ. Iabloko; of unknown origin.