Definition of medlar in English:

medlar

Line breaks: med¦lar
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛdlə
 
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noun

1A small bushy tree of the rose family.
  • Mespilus germanica, family Rosaceae
More 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 small brown apple-like fruit of the medlar, which is only edible after it has begun to decay.
More 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.

Origin

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

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