of the genus
Mespilus (M. Germanica); also, the fruit
of the wood. The fruit
is something like
has a bony
endocarp. When first
gathered the flesh
and austere, and it is not eaten before it has begun to decay.
Japan medlar, a kind of thorn wood (Crataegus Azarolus); also, its fruit.
Origin: OE. Medler medlar wood, OF. Meslier, F. Neflier, L. Mespilum, mespilus, Gr, . Cf. Naseberry.
Source: Websters Vocabulary