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Malusdomestica

genus
Malus
Specific name
domestica

Widely cultivated fruit tree.

plant note
Ethnobotanical

Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe. They were brought to North America by European colonists. Apples have religious and mythological significance in many cultures, including Norse, Greek, and European Christian tradition.

Etymological
The word apple, formerly spelled æppel in Old English, is derived from a Proto-Germanic root *ap(a)laz, which may also mean fruit in general. This is, in turn, derived from Proto-Indo-European *ab(e)l-, but the precise original meaning and the relationship between both words is unknown.
Author citation
1.00
Taxonomic status
Accepted
Plant measurement
toxin
Descriptor