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apple, any tree (and its fruit) of the genus Malus of the family Rosaceae (rose family). Apples were formerly considered species of the pear genus Pyrus, with which they share the characteristic pome fruit. The common apple (M. sylvestris) is the best known and is commercially the most important temperate fruit. Apparently native to the Caucasus Mts. of W Asia, it has been under cultivation since prehistoric times. According to ancient tradition, the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden was the apple (Gen. 3). In religious painting, the apple represents the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, as do occasionally the pear and the quince. It was sacred to Aphrodite in classical mythology. The apple is now widely grown in thousands of varieties, e.g., the Golden Delicious, Winesap, Jonathan, and McIntosh. The tree is hardy in cold climates, and the firm fruit is easy to handle and store. Most apples are consumed fresh, but some are canned or used for juice. Apple juice (sweet cider) is partly fermented to produce hard cider and fully fermented to make vinegar. Wastes from fermenting processes are a major source of pectin. Applejack is a liquor made from hard cider. Western Europe, especially France, is the chief apple-producing region; in North America, also with an enormous total output, Washington is the leading apple-growing state, but very many areas grow crops at least for local consumption. The tree is subject to several insect and fungus pests, for which the orchards are sprayed. The hardwood is used for cabinetmaking and fuel. The crab apples are wild North American and Asian species of Malus now cultivated as ornamentals for their fragrant white to deep pink blossoms—e.g., the American sweet, or garland, crab apple (M. coronaria), the prairie crab apple (M. ioensis), and the Siberian crab apple (M. baccata). The small, hard, sour crab-apple fruits are used for preserves, pickles, and jelly; in growth and culture these trees are similar to the common apple. Apples are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Rosaceae.
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Excellent for detoxification. Contain pectin which helps remove toxins, heavy metals and impurities from the whole body and prevent protein from putrefying in the intestines. Apples strengthen the liver and have lots of fiber that cleans the bowel, and stimulates digestive secretions. Apples help the body absorb iron better than any other food. They are also quite alkaline. Apple fiber contains soluble and insoluble fibers that lower cholesterol, heart disease and remove toxic stuff from the body. Apple fiber is excellent for constipation. Great protection against alzheimer’s and degenerative nerve diseases, as well as gout and rheumatism. Also helps protect from radiation, x-rays and MRIs. Apple Blossoms are edible and have a delicate flowery flavor and aroma. A great garnish. Some people say to eat the flowers in moderation because they may contain cyanide precursers, but read below. Apples are quite friendly. Are wild crabapples edible? Yes. Just very tart and loaded with natural power. Don’t eat leaves. Will apple seeds kill you? There actually is no cyanide in apple seeds, but rather Vitamin B17 or "laetrile". Your body converts laetrile? to cyanide when it comes in contact with a cancer cell. It’s actually a cancer therapy nobody wants you to know about. I’ve thrown half a dozen whole apples in a blender and ate the apple sauce no problem. Eating an apple or two with seeds is no problem. Do not eat 100 seeds by themselves at the same time, that is too concentrated. They are meant to be eaten WITH the apple, and a normal person can only eat a few apples at a time. Stick with nature’s design.
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Malus domestica. A deciduous tree in the order Rosales which produces an edible, simple, fleshy, pome-type fruit.
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as fruit of the tree of knowledge in Eden, has come to epitomize temptation. [O.T.: Genesis 3:1–7; Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]


Adam and Eve
original couple tempted to eat forbidden fruit. [O.T.: Genesis 2:17]
Apple Annie
nickname for women who sold apples on street corners during the Depression. [Am. Culture: Flexner, 11]
Appleseed, Johnny
(John Chapman, 1774–1845), missionary nurseryman who supplied apple seeds to pioneers. [Am. Folk-lore: EB, II: 746]
Big Apple
nickname for New York City. [Am. Folklore: Misc.]
forbidden fruit
fruit that God forbade Adam and Eve to eat; byword for tempting object. [O.T.: Genesis 3:1–6]
golden apples of the Hesperides
a wedding gift to Hera; Hercules stole some in the course of his labors. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 451]
golden apples
given by Venus to Hippomenes to distract Atalanta and win his race with her. [Class. Myth.: Metamorphoses]
Newton, Isaac
(1642–1727) English mathematician whose observation of apple’s fall led to treatise on gravitation. [Br. Hist.: EB, 13: 16–21]
Tell, William
Swiss folk hero condemned to shoot apple from atop son’s head. [Swiss Folklore: EB, IX: 872]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. a rosaceous tree, Malus sieversii, native to Central Asia but widely cultivated in temperate regions in many varieties, having pink or white fragrant flowers and firm rounded edible fruits
2. the fruit of this tree, having red, yellow, or green skin and crisp whitish flesh
3. any of several unrelated trees that have fruits similar to the apple, such as the custard apple, sugar apple, and May apple
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A revision of APL for the Illiac IV.
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(Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA, A manufacturer of computers and consumer electronics that is the world's most valuable company. Due primarily to the iPhone and iPad, Apple became the most profitable company in 2014, and in 2021, its market cap exceeded two trillion dollars.

On April Fool's Day 1976, Apple was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and the company began operation in the garage of the Jobs family home in Los Altos, California. Their first computer, the Apple 1, was introduced at the Palo Alto Homebrew Computer Club, and 10 retail stores were selling it by year-end.

A year later, the Apple II was introduced, which blazed the trails for the personal computer industry. A fully assembled Apple II with 4K of RAM sold for $1,298. With an open architecture that encouraged third-party vendors to build plug-in hardware enhancements, Apple IIs became the most widely used computer in the home and classroom. They were also used in business primarily running the innovative VisiCalc spreadsheet software.

In 1983, Apple introduced the Lisa, the forerunner of the Macintosh. Lisa was aimed at the corporate market, but was soon dropped in favor of the Mac, which debuted in 1984. As a graphics-based machine, the Mac was immediately successful as a low-cost desktop publishing system. See Mac history.

In 1991, Apple surprised the industry by announcing an alliance with IBM to form several companies, the major result of which was the PowerPC chip (see Apple-IBM alliance). In 1994, Apple came out with its first PowerPC-based Power Macs, which proved popular, and its PowerBook laptops were an instant success. All subsequent models departed from the original Motorola 68K architecture to the PowerPC.

The Mac stood alone in a sea of PCs based on the IBM architecture and watched its graphical interface copied more with each incarnation of Windows. In 1994, Apple licensed its OS to system vendors in order to create a Macintosh clone industry. However, a couple of years later, that was discontinued.

Forced out of the company by Apple's board in 1985, Jobs founded NeXT Computer to create an advanced workstation. NeXT eventually switched from hardware to software, but in 1996, Apple acquired NeXT and brought Jobs back to the company he founded. Apple acquired many object-oriented development tools from NeXT, parts of which filtered down into the Mac operating system. See NeXT.

In 1998, Apple introduced the iMac, the first personal computer without a floppy disk. Self-contained in one unit like the original Mac, Apple sold 800,000 iMacs in a year, making it the fastest-selling computer in its history.

In 2001, Apple launched the iPod. Followed several years later by the iPhone and iPad, Apple set the bar for mobile devices and grew exponentially as a result. See iPod, iPhone and iPad. See Apple Park.

The Two Steves
Wozniak and Jobs (left to right) pioneered the microcomputer revolution. Wozniak's engineering and Job's charisma built a legend. Here they hold the motherboard from the Apple 1, Apple's first computer. (Image courtesy of Apple Inc.)

The Apple 1
Rather humble beginnings, yet the Apple 1 led to the very successful Apple II series, which thrived for many years. See Apple 1 and Apple II. (Image courtesy of Apple Inc.)

A Quarter Century Later
With a CPU chip 500 times as fast as the Apple 1, the G4 Cube in 2000 bore little resemblance to Apple's first offering. (Image courtesy of Apple Inc.)
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This simple and basic fruit is a powerful symbol in religious writings, in literature, and in dreams. It fundamentally represents knowledge and the freedom that is associated with it. With knowledge and freedom we are in a position to make positive or negative choices. The apple should be interpreted with the consideration of all the other details in the dream. Is the apple a symbol of positive movement and spiritual and emotional liberation, or is it a symbol of runaway passions and the resulting negativity? Are you giving into temptation and making hurtful choices or are you being wise and enjoying the fullness of life?
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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Writing memoranda and attending meetings give the appearance of action, but avoid doing anything that risks upsetting the apple cart. The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus offers a recent example.
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"He should be trying to get the best out of them rather than upsetting the apple cart.
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