One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various dishes made from stewed apples; specifically a dessert made from sieved apple pulp flavoured with saffron or other spices.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Diuersa Servicia. Apparently from apple + an (otherwise unattested) Middle English reflex of Old English mōs food, victuals; compare Middle High German apfelmuos apple purée, apple sauce (German Apfelmus). If so, the second element of the compound apparently shows a number of different (probably folk-etymological) alterations; a number of the forms suggest association with moil or its Anglo-Norman and Middle French etymon.
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