medlar


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Medlar \Med"lar\, n. [OE. medler medlar tree, OF. meslier, F.
   n['e]flier, L. mespilum, mespilus, Gr. ?, ?. Cf.
   Naseberry.]
   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.
   [1913 Webster]

   Japan medlar (Bot.), the loquat. See Loquat.

   Neapolitan medlar (Bot.), a kind of thorn tree ({Crataegus
      Azarolus}); also, its fruit.
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