Definition of Oak apple

1. Noun. Oak gall caused by larvae of a cynipid wasp.

Generic synonyms: Gall

Definition of Oak apple

1. Noun. Oak gall. ¹

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Medical Definition of Oak apple

1. An excrescence on the oak, Quercus infectoria (family Fagaceae) and other species of Quercus, caused by the deposit of the ova of a fly, Cynips gallae tinctorae; an astringent and styptic, by virtue of the tannin it contains. Synonym: gall, galla, oak apple. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Oak Apple

o-succinylbenzoic acid synthase
oak-leaved goosefoot
oak apple (current term)
oak apples
oak blight
oak chestnut
oak fern
oak gall
oak galls
oak tag
oak tree
oak trees

Literary usage of Oak apple

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publications by English Dialect Society (1881)
"It's Oak-apple Day, sir; and if you ain't got a piece of oak-apple they '11 pinch you, ... OAK-APPLE. Sprigs of Oak or Maple employed on the 29th May. ..."

2. A Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art: Comprising the Definitions and by George William Cox (1866)
"oak apple. A species of gall-nut produced upon oak trees : it is usually spheroidal, and from one to two inches in diameter: its texture is spongy, ..."

3. Homes Without Hands: Being a Description of the Habitations of Animals by John George Wood (1866)
"Cynips Kollari (Slightly magnified) oak apple. Galls of Cynips Kollari. Currant Galls of Oak. In the accompanying illustration are given several examples of ..."

4. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"The oak apple of Europe, to which the term more particularly applies, ... The American oak apple, which is of the winter food of the Indians of the western ..."

5. The Entomologist; an Illustrated Journal of General Entomology by Edward Newman, Royal Entomological Society of London (1871)
"In the oak-apple the arrangement is far more intricate, for very numerous kinds, perhaps one hundred in number, representing all the chief orders of insects ..."

6. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1875)
"__ oak apple, showing Internal structure, the cmib in the central cell, ... The American oak apple begins to develop as drab-colored spongy mass, ..."

7. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1837)
"1'Ш Opened an oak-apple in honour of my niece Harriet's birthday ... great oak-apple show next month) contained nothing but extremely minute pupae. ..."

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