One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A variety of green-skinned apple with russet markings, originally grown in New England.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Catalogue Fruits. From the name of Roxbury (formerly also Roxberry, originally Rocksberry), a town in Massachusetts (now part of Boston), where the variety was developed + russet.
Roxbury russet/ˌrɒksb(ə)ri ˈrʌsɪt/
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