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Bible Usage:


  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: No
  • Included in Naves: No
  • Included in Smiths: No
  • Included in Websters: Yes
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: No
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:


Easton's Bible Dictionary

(Heb. tappuah, meaning "fragrance"). Probably the apricot or quince is intended by the word, as Palestine was too hot for the growth of apples proper. It is enumerated among the most valuable trees of Palestine (Joel 1:12), and frequently referred to in Canticles, and noted for its beauty (2:3, 5; 8:5). There is nothing to show that it was the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil." Dr. Tristram has suggested that the apricot has better claims than any other fruit-tree to be the apple of Scripture. It grows to a height of 30 feet, has a roundish mass of glossy leaves, and bears an orange coloured fruit that gives out a delicious perfume. The "apple of the eye" is the Heb. ishon, meaning manikin, i.e., the pupil of the eye (Proverbs 7:2). (Comp. the promise, Zechariah 2:8; the prayer, Psalms 17:8; and its fulfilment, Deuteronomy 32:10.)

The so-called "apple of Sodom" some have supposed to be the Solanum sanctum (Heb. hedek), rendered "brier" (q.v.) in Micah 7:4, a thorny plant bearing fruit like the potato-apple. This shrub abounds in the Jordan valley. (See ENGEDI.)

Naves Topical Index

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AP'PLE, noun

1. The fruit of the apple tree, [pyrus malus, ] from which cider is made.

2. The apple of the eye is the pupil.

Apple of love, or love apple the tomato, or lycopersicum, a species of Solanum. The stalk is herbaceous, with oval, pinnated leaves, and small yellow flowers. The berry is smooth, soft, of a yellow or reddish color, of the size of a plum. It is used in soups and broths.

AP'PLE, verb transitive To form like an apple

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Apple Tree,

(Heb. tappuach). Mention of the apple tree occurs in the Authorized Version in (Solomon 2:3; 8:5) and Joel 1:12 The fruit of this tree is alluded to in (Proverbs 25:11) and Song of Solomon 2:5; 7:8 It is a difficult matter to say what is the specific tree denoted by the Hebrew word tappuach . ("The apple proper is rare in Syria, and its fruit inferior.") Most modern writers maintain that it is either the quince or the citron; (others speak of the apricot, which is abundant and deliciously perfumed.) The quince had some plausible arguments in its favor. Its fragrance was held in high esteem by the ancients. The quince was sacred to Venus. On the other hand Dr Royle says,"The rich color, fragrant odor and handsome appearance of the citron, whether in flower or in fruit, are particularly suited to the passages of scripture mentioned above." But neither the quince nor the citron nor the apple appears fully to answer to all the scriptural allusions. The orange would answer all the demands of the scriptural passages, and orange trees are found in Palestine; but there does not appear sufficient evidence that this tree was known in the earlier times to the inhabitants of Palestine. The question of identification therefore, must still be left an open one.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AP'PLE-GRAFT, noun A scion of the appletree engrafted.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AP'PLE-HARVEST, noun The gathering of apples, or the time of gathering.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AP'PLE-PIE, noun a pie made of apples stewed or baked, inclosed in paste, or covered with paste, as in England.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AP'PLE-SAUCE, noun A sauce made of stewed apples.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AP'PLE-TART, noun A tart made of apples baked on paste.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AP'PLE-TREE, noun A tree arranged by Linne under the genus pyrus. The fruit of this tree is indefinitely various. The crab apple is supposed to be the original kind, from which all others have sprung. New varieties are springing annually from the seeds.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AP'PLE-WOMAN, noun A woman who sells apples and other fruit.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AP'PLE-YARD, noun An orchard; an inclosure for apples.