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crab·ap·ple

also crab apple  (krăb′ăp′əl)
n.
1. Any of several deciduous trees of the genus Malus, native to North America and Eurasia and having clusters of white, pink, or reddish flowers.
2. The small tart fruit of such a tree, sometimes used to make jelly and preserves.

crab apple

or

crabapple

n
1. (Plants) any of several rosaceous trees of the genus Malus that have white, pink, or red flowers and small sour apple-like fruits
2. (Plants) the fruit of any of these trees, used to make jam

crab′ ap`ple


n.
1. any of various small, tart, cultivated or wild varieties of apple, used for making jelly and preserves.
2. any tree bearing such fruit.
[1705–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crab apple - any of numerous varieties of crab apples cultivated for their small acidic (usually bright red) fruit used for preserves or as ornamentals for their blossomscrab apple - 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
crab apple, crabapple - small sour apple; suitable for preserving; "crabapples make a tangy jelly"
apple tree - any tree of the genus Malus especially those bearing firm rounded edible fruits
cherry apple, cherry crab, Malus baccata, Siberian crab, Siberian crab apple - Asian wild crab apple cultivated in many varieties for it small acid usually red fruit used for preserving
Malus angustifolia, Southern crab apple, flowering crab - small tree or shrub of southeastern United States; cultivated as an ornamental for its rose-colored blossoms
2.crab apple - any of numerous wild apple trees usually with small acidic fruit
apple tree - any tree of the genus Malus especially those bearing firm rounded edible fruits
Malus sylvestris, wild crab - wild crab apple native to Europe; a chief ancestor of cultivated apples
American crab apple, garland crab, Malus coronaria - medium-sized tree of the eastern United States having pink blossoms and small yellow fruit
Malus fusca, Oregon crab apple - small tree or shrub of western United States having white blossoms and tiny yellow or red fruit
Iowa crab, Iowa crab apple, Malus ioensis, prairie crab, western crab apple - wild crab apple of western United States with fragrant pink flowers
3.crab apple - small sour apple; suitable for preserving; "crabapples make a tangy jelly"
apple - fruit with red or yellow or green skin and sweet to tart crisp whitish flesh
crab apple, crabapple, cultivated crab apple - 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
Translations

crab apple

n (= fruit)Holzapfel m; (= tree)Holzapfelbaum m

crab apple

n (fruit) → mela selvatica; (tree) → melo selvatico
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centred, here, on soft and fresh raspberry, crab apple and strawberry fruit ?
MALUS 'GOLDEN HORNET' CRAB APPLE CRAB apples make great trees for small gardens - they're slow growing and usually don't reach more than 20ft in height.
BEAUTIFUL flowering crab apple Malus 'Evereste' is next in the series of top trees.
Hazel, blackthorn, crab apple, cherry plum, elder and dog rose will now grow into a flourishing coppice in only a few years, adding to the diversity of foodstuffs and habitats in the park.
At one end is a mature 'Golden Hornet' crab apple tree and at the other end closest to the field a 'Cox's Orange Pippin' apple tree.
ONE of the most glorious trees in my garden this week and, come to that, probably for the next month, too, is a big crab apple, Malus 'Golden Hornet', that stands by the side of the track.
After our crab apple tree was girdled by rodents, I decided to try to figure out a technique that would protect saplings from rodent damage, even if a protective fence sagged, a spiral of the plastic trunk wrap fell off or a vole got trapped inside a tree tube.
Trees with fruit or berries to attract birds and animals are good choices, like hawthorn or crab apple.
Lidgate's Beef Bourguignon Pie and Terre et Terre's Sussex Crab Apple and Calvados Jelly.
My first garden belonged to the house of my birth, with blood-red roses, flowering crab apple, honeysuckle that vined up the side of the garage near a hammock, making it easy to rock and suck drops of sweet, scented nectar from yellow blossoms.
Asparagus Way, Vine Street, Chestnut Close and Crab Apple Way are just some of the names already on offer in Evesham, Worcestershire.