Definition of bitter apple in English:

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bitter apple

noun

Another term for colocynth.
Example sentences
  • The pulp is very bitter; hence the terms bitter apple, devil's apple, &c., by which it is popularly known.
  • Colocynth, or bitter apple, from India and Saharan Africa, was termed a "drastic" and "powerful" purge.
  • The bitter apple, Citrullus colocynthis, has a spongy pulp that when dried is the source of the glucosidal drug colocynth.

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Syllabification: bit·ter ap·ple

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