crab apple

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crab apple

1. any of several rosaceous trees of the genus Malus that have white, pink, or red flowers and small sour apple-like fruits
2. the fruit of any of these trees, used to make jam
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Then the Crab said to the old fisherman, 'Now take this rod; go and knock with it on a certain mountain; then a black man[6] will come out and ask you what you wish for.
When he had brought the precious robes, the Crab put on the golden garment and then crept upon the golden cushion, and in this way the fisherman carried him to the castle, where the Crab presented the other garment to his bride.
I am married to the Crab, and him only will I have.
In the evening the Princess told this to the Crab, who said to her, 'Take this rod, go to the garden gate and knock with it, then a black man will come out and say to you, ''Why have you called me, and what do you require of me?
Before he went he said to his wife, 'Now mind you do not say when you see me that I am the Crab.
The Crab then gave his wife the same directions as before, only this time the apple which she received from the black man was of gold.
They know you are wrong to make such an absurd statement, and they will probably think you are a lobster instead of a crab," retorted the animal.
At this taunt the crab reached out its other claw and seized the zebra's ear, and the creature gave a cry of pain and began prancing up and down, trying to shake off the crab, which clung fast.
And you promised to treat me respectfully," said the crab, letting go the ear.
The soft-shell crab is correct," declared the Wizard.
At this the crab began laughing in queer chuckles that reminded Dorothy of the way Billina sometimes cackled.
The crab began laughing again, which so provoked the zebra that he tried to shake the little creature off.