crab apple

(redirected from crab apples)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations

crab apple

n (= fruit)Holzapfel m; (= tree)Holzapfelbaum m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

crab apple

n (fruit) → mela selvatica; (tree) → melo selvatico
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in periodicals archive ?
To our surprise, the tree started putting on fruit at 3 years of age; by age 7, it produced gallons of crab apples. Years later, it still bears vast quantities of fruit.
Plain popcorn and unsweetened cereals like Cheerios can be threaded onto string or raffia to make tasty garlands and little crab apples will make great edible decorations to hang on branch tips.
* It is nearly time to begin spraying crab apples that are susceptible to apple scab (typically this disease affects older varieties of crab apples).
From elderberries to rose hips, crab apples to firethorns, they add a new dimension to any garden.
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.
' Your tree should be with you a long time so it's important to have the right match"Crab apples are outstanding trees for both blossom and fruit"
That is, homeowners have rooted cuttings or have dug from the yard trees or shrubs from flowering crab apples, dogwoods, maples or even oaks.
But, what Dan sees when he drives or cycles around Moss Side is the fruit trees: apples, pears and crab apples. Planted in home gardens generations ago, many now languish, unloved, their fruit unpicked.
Ornamental crab apples (like those we have at Erddig), rowans, cotoneaster and pyracantha, along with other berrying trees and shrubs, are great for extending the year and giving more colour.
William Saunders imported seed of the Siberian Crab Apple (Malus baccata) from Russia and began a project to develop crab apples for the Prairies.