A tree of the genus Mespilus (M. 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.
Origin: OE. Medler medlar tree, OF. Meslier, F. Neflier, L. Mespilum, mespilus, Gr, . Cf. Naseberry.
(01 Mar 1998)
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