One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various tropical trees and shrubs bearing fruit which resembles an apple or is regarded as fit (only) for monkeys; especially Annona glabra (family Annonaceae), of tropical America and West Africa, and Anisophyllea laurina (family Anisophyllaceae), of West Africa.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Griffith Hughes (1707–1750). From monkey + apple.
monkey apple/ˈmʌŋkɪ apl/
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