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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR APPLE

Viviette shredded an apple blossom that had fallen into her lap.

Viviette seated herself on a bench beneath the apple blossoms.

"I give not the pip of an apple for king or for noble," cried the serf passionately.

It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.

Apple sauce is eaten with roast pork, roast goose and roast ducks.

Heap the froth over every apple so as to conceal them entirely.

Pare them, and extract the cores without dividing the apple.

Cover every apple all over with a thick coating of the boiled rice.

The little tastes of apple that he got only whetted his appetite.

The rooms were full of the delicate fragrance of apple blossoms.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English æppel "apple; any kind of fruit; fruit in general," from Proto-Germanic *ap(a)laz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch appel, Old Norse eple, Old High German apful, German Apfel), from PIE *ab(e)l "apple" (cf. Gaulish avallo "fruit;" Old Irish ubull, Lithuanian obuolys, Old Church Slavonic jabloko "apple"), but the exact relation and original sense of these is uncertain (cf. melon).

In Middle English and as late as 17c., it was a generic term for all fruit other than berries but including nuts (e.g. Old English fingeræppla "dates," literally "finger-apples;" Middle English appel of paradis "banana," c.1400). Hence its grafting onto the unnamed "fruit of the forbidden tree" in Genesis. Cucumbers, in one Old English work, are eorþæppla, literally "earth-apples" (cf. French pomme de terre "potato," literally "earth-apple;" see also melon). French pomme is from Latin pomum "apple; fruit" (see Pomona).

Apple of Discord (c.1400) was thrown into the wedding of Thetis and Peleus by Eris (goddess of chaos and discord), who had not been invited, and inscribed kallisti "To the Prettiest One." Paris, elected to choose which goddess should have it, gave it to Aphrodite, offending Hera and Athene, with consequences of the Trojan War, etc.

Apple of one's eye (Old English), symbol of what is most cherished, was the pupil, supposed to be a globular solid body. Apple-polisher "one who curries favor" first attested 1928 in student slang. The image of something that upsets the apple cart is attested from 1788. Road apple "horse dropping" is from 1942.

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