apple of sodom


apple of sodom
\\-ˈsädəm\
Usage: usually capitalized S
Etymology: from Sodom, biblical city destroyed by God (Gen 10)
1.
a. : a fruit described by ancient writers as externally of fair appearance but dissolving into smoke and ashes when plucked — called also Dead Sea apple
b. : an empty mockery

had seen the fruits of victory turn into apples of Sodom — R.M.Lovett

2.
a. : the small yellow tomatolike fruit of a prickly shrub (Solanum sodomeum)
b. : a spiny herb (Solanum carolinense) that bears yellow and orange berries

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apple of Sodom or Dead Sea apple noun
1. A fruit described by the ancients as fair to look upon but turning to ashes when touched, variously thought to be a gall, or the fruit of an asclepiad Calotropis procera
2. By botanists applied to the poisonous green-pulped fruit of Solanum sodomaeum
3. Any fair but disappointing thing
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apple of Sodom,
1. something that appears to be very desirable or attractive but turns out to be wholly disappointing.
2. a fruit described by ancient writers as fair to the eye but turning to smoke and ashes when plucked.
3. a spiny plant found near Jericho that bears small yellow fruits like small apples. It is related to the tomato.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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