Definition of medlar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmedlər/


1A small, bushy tree of the rose family that bears small, brown, applelike fruits.
  • Mespilus germanica, family Rosaceae.
Example sentences
  • The largest is a cherry tree, which is pruned to keep it in check, and there are vines, peaches, medlar and mulberry bushes to provide fruit.
1.1The fruit of the medlar tree, which is edible only after it has begun to decay.
Example sentences
  • Fruits include the indigenous melons, grapes, mulberries, peaches, apricots, nectarines, and pomegranates, as well as medlars, persimmons, oranges, melons, and sweet lemons.
  • In the back are pots containing a fruit paradise of quinces, medlars, lemons, pomegranates, citrons, even a limequat that apparently makes a mean marmalade.
  • There are plenty of colourful fruits about, including dessert, culinary and crab apples, pears and medlars.


Late Middle English: from Old French medler, from medle 'medlar fruit', from Latin mespila, from Greek mespilē, mespilon.

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Syllabification: med·lar

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