One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several trees resembling the medlar tree, or which produce fruits resembling the medlar; specifically (a) any of various tropical American trees of the genus Manilkara, especially the sapodilla, M. zapota; (b) the loquat or Japanese medlar, Eriobotrya japonica.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Harper's Magazine. From Spanish níspero medlar tree.
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