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mālum , i, n., = μῆλον (Doric μᾶ λον), apple, i. e. any tree-fruit fleshy on the outside, and having a kernel within (opp. nux); hence, applied also to quinces, pomegranates, peaches, oranges, lemons, etc.
I. In gen., Plin. 15, 14, 14, § 47; Col. 5, 10, 19; Verg. G. 2, 127 al.: malis orbiculatis pasci, Cael. ad Cic. Fam. 8, 15.—In a pun with mălum, a calamity, Plaut. Am. 2, 2, 89; 91 al.—Prov.: ab ovo usque ad mala, i. e. from beginning to end (from the Roman custom to begin meals with eggs and end with fruit), Hor. S. 1, 3, 7.—Trop.: “malum discordiae,an apple of discord, Just. 12, 15, 11.—
II. Malum terrae, a plant (the Aristolochia), having four varieties, Plin. 25, 8, 54, § 95; Scrib. Comp. 202; “also called malum terrenum,Veg. Vet. 4, 13.
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