Definition of May apple

1. Noun. Edible but insipid fruit of the May apple plant.

Group relationships: Mayapple, Podophyllum Peltatum, Wild Mandrake
Generic synonyms: Fruit

2. Noun. North American herb with poisonous root stock and edible though insipid fruit.
Exact synonyms: Mayapple, Podophyllum Peltatum, Wild Mandrake
Group relationships: Genus Podophyllum, Podophyllum
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant

Definition of May apple

1. Noun. A fruit-bearing flowering plant with poisonous roots, native to eastern North America, taxonomic name ''Podophyllum peltatum''. ¹

2. Noun. The fruit of the plant ''Podophyllum peltatum'' ¹

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Medical Definition of May apple

1. The dried seeds and root of the mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) from which several medicinally-useful compounds can be extracted. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of May Apple

May-Grunwald stain
May-Hegglin anomaly
May-September romance
May-September romances
May-White syndrome
May-day sweep
May-day sweeps
May 1
May 24
May 35th
May Day
May Day sweep
May Day sweeps
May Days
May Queen
May apple
May apple root
May apples
May beetle
May blob
May blossom
May bug
May lily
May queen
May wine
May wines
Maya Lin

Literary usage of May apple

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Life-zone Indicators in California by Harvey Monroe Hall, Marcos Sastre, William Hamilton Gibson, Joseph Grinnell (1919)
"The true nature of the azalea May-apple was long a mystery. Some authorities believed that it was a gall growth caused by the sting of an insect, ..."

2. The Horticulturist, and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste by Luther Tucker (1859)
"It is not my intention to enter into an extended recapitulation of the numerous recipes into which the May-Apple root is introduced. ..."

3. A Manual of the Medical Botany of North America by Laurence Johnson (1884)
"May-Apple, Mandrake. Description.—Calyx: sepals 6, unequal, obtuse, imbricate, pale green, caducous, with 3 small, fugacious bractlets at their base. ..."

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