One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small tree related to the hawthorn, cultivated in southern Europe for its small yellow or reddish fruit.
- ‘The species with the best fruit is the azarole, C. azarolus (sometimes called Naples medlar but no relation to the ordinary medlar).’
- ‘The name ‘Naples medlar’ has been used for the azarole.’
- ‘The azarole has long been cultivated for its edible fruit in S. Europe, though it is now going out of favour.’
- ‘These range from common species like apples, pears and plums, to less common ones like azaroles, chinkapins, cornelian cherries, highbush cranberries, honey locusts, Japanese pepper trees, medlars, mulberries, persimmons, quinces, strawberry trees, and sweet chestnuts.’
- ‘The azarole has long been cultivated for its edible fruit in S. Europe.’
Mid 17th century: from French azerole, from Spanish azarolla.
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