Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several deciduous trees of the genus Malus, native to North America and Eurasia and having clusters of white, pink, or reddish flowers.
  • n. The small tart fruit of such a tree, sometimes used to make jelly and preserves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of crabapple.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a small, sour apple, of several kinds; also, the tree which bears it; as, the European crab apple (Pyrus Malus var. sylvestris); the Siberian crab apple (Pyrus baccata); and the American (Pyrus coronaria).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as crab.

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

  • n. any of numerous wild apple trees usually with small acidic fruit
  • n. any of numerous varieties of crab apples cultivated for their small acidic (usually bright red) fruit used for preserves or as ornamentals for their blossoms
  • n. small sour apple; suitable for preserving
  • n. small sour apple; suitable for preserving
  • n. any of numerous wild apple trees usually with small acidic fruit
  • n. any of numerous varieties of crab apples cultivated for their small acidic (usually bright red) fruit used for preserves or as ornamentals for their blossoms

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Examples

  • Three days ago it was done, with Saturninus standing off to one side grinning like a fool — only he isn’t a fool, so what’s he up to? — and Lucius Equitius gazing blankly at this wizened-up old crab apple of a woman.

    The First Man in Rome

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