A tree of the genus Mespilus (Mespilus 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.
a small, brown, applelike fruit, hard and bitter when ripe and eaten only when partly decayed.
small deciduous tree of southern Africa having edible fruit
small deciduous Eurasian tree cultivated for its fruit that resemble crab apples
South African globular fruit with brown leathery skin and sweet-acid pithy flesh
crabapple-like fruit used for preserves
Medlar (Mespilus) is a genus of two species of flowering plants in the subfamily Maloideae of the family Rosaceae. One, Common Medlar Mespilus germanica, is a long-known native of southwest Asia and possibly also southeastern Europe, and the other, Stern's Medlar Mespilus canescens, was recently (1990) discovered in North America.