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Topic: FOOD DISH

Language: Old English
Origin: æppel

apple

noun
     
apple
ap‧ple S2 W3
1DFF [uncountable and countable] a hard round fruit that has red, light green, or yellow skin and is white inside:
apple pie
an apple tree
roast pork and apple sauce (=a thick sauce made from cooked apples)
2

be the apple of somebody's eye

to be loved very much by someone:
Ben was always the apple of his father's eye.
3

bob/dunk/dip for apples

DG to play a game in which you must use your teeth to pick up apples floating in water
4

be as American as apple pie

used to describe something that is typically American
5

the apple doesn't fall far from the tree

American English used to say that children are usually similar to their parents, especially in a bad way

➔ upset the apple cart

at upset1 (4)

; ➔ a rotten apple

at rotten1 (7), Adam's apple, Big Apple
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