2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Medlar \Med"lar\, noun [OE. medler medlar tree, OF. meslier, F. n['e]flier, L. mespilum, mespilus, Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Naseberry}.] A tree of the genus {Mespilus} ({Mespilus Germanica}); also, the fruit of the tree. The fruit is something like a small apple, but has a bony endocarp. When first gathered the flesh is hard and austere, and it is not eaten until it has begun to decay.

{Japan medlar} (Bot.), the loquat. See {Loquat}.

{Neapolitan medlar} (Bot.), a kind of thorn tree ({Crataegus Azarolus}); also, its fruit.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: small deciduous tree of southern Africa having edible fruit [syn: {wild medlar}, {wild medlar tree}, {medlar}, {Vangueria infausta}]

2: small deciduous Eurasian tree cultivated for its fruit that resemble crab apples [syn: {medlar}, {medlar tree}, {Mespilus germanica}]

3: a South African globular fruit with brown leathery skin and pithy flesh having a sweet-acid taste

4: crabapple-like fruit used for preserves

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