apple of Peru

noun
1. coarse South American herb grown for its blue-and-white flowers followed by a bladderlike fruit enclosing a dry berry
Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant
Member Holonyms: ↑Nicandra, ↑genus Nicandra
2. intensely poisonous tall coarse annual tropical weed having rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers and prickly fruits
Hypernyms: ↑thorn apple

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\\-pə̇ˈrü, -pēˈ-\
Usage: usually capitalized P
Etymology: from Peru, country in So. America
1. : a coarse herb (Nicandra physalodes) bearing pale blue flowers and a bladderlike fruit enclosing a dry berry

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a plant, Nicandra physalodes, of the nightshade family, having large blue flowers.
[1775-85, Amer.]

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apple of Peru,
coarse annual plant of the nightshade family, bearing solitary, pale-blue flowers.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Apple of Peru — Apple Ap ple ([a^]p p l), n. [OE. appel, eppel, AS. [ae]ppel, [ae]pl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, G. apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. [ a]ple, Dan. [ae]ble, Gael. ubhall, W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. ob[*u]lys, Russ. iabloko; of unknown… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apple of Peru — dumplūninė nikandra statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bulvinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Nicandra physalodes), paplitęs Pietų Amerikoje. Piktžolė. atitikmenys: lot. Atropa physalodes; Nicandra physalodes; Pentagonia physalodes angl. apple …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • apple-of-Peru — dumplūninė nikandra statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bulvinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Nicandra physalodes), paplitęs Pietų Amerikoje. Piktžolė. atitikmenys: lot. Atropa physalodes; Nicandra physalodes; Pentagonia physalodes angl. apple …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • apple of Peru — nikandra statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bulvinių (Solanaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Nicandra). atitikmenys: lot. Nicandra angl. apple of Peru; nicandra vok. Giftbeere rus. никандра lenk. nikandra …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • apple of Peru — a plant, Nicandra physalodes, of the nightshade family, having large blue flowers. [1775 85, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • apple of Peru — noun an erect, pale blue flowered herb, Nicandra physalodes, native to South America but a weed of cultivation elsewhere …   Australian English dictionary

  • Apple — Ap ple ([a^]p p l), n. [OE. appel, eppel, AS. [ae]ppel, [ae]pl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, G. apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. [ a]ple, Dan. [ae]ble, Gael. ubhall, W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. ob[*u]lys, Russ. iabloko; of unknown origin.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Apple blight — Apple Ap ple ([a^]p p l), n. [OE. appel, eppel, AS. [ae]ppel, [ae]pl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, G. apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. [ a]ple, Dan. [ae]ble, Gael. ubhall, W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. ob[*u]lys, Russ. iabloko; of unknown… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Apple borer — Apple Ap ple ([a^]p p l), n. [OE. appel, eppel, AS. [ae]ppel, [ae]pl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, G. apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. [ a]ple, Dan. [ae]ble, Gael. ubhall, W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. ob[*u]lys, Russ. iabloko; of unknown… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Apple brandy — Apple Ap ple ([a^]p p l), n. [OE. appel, eppel, AS. [ae]ppel, [ae]pl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, G. apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. [ a]ple, Dan. [ae]ble, Gael. ubhall, W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. ob[*u]lys, Russ. iabloko; of unknown… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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