Apples of Sodom

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apples of Sodom a fruit described by ancient writers as externally of fair appearance but dissolving into smoke and ashes when plucked; Dead Sea apples. The name is often given to the fruit of Solanum Sodom├Žum, a prickly shrub with fruit not unlike a small yellow tomato.
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Usage

In literature:

Had the apples of Sodom turned to ashes in my mouth, I could not have felt a more startling revulsion.
"Typee" by Herman Melville
Not that they were veritable sugar plums, however, but something that resembled them only as the apples of Sodom look like better fruit.
"The Marble Faun, Volume II." by Nathaniel Hawthorne
But they are apples of Sodom, as a matter of fact, Dead Sea Fruit, gall-apples.
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
Think of it as home; and, should fortune cheat you with the apples of Sodom, return to it again.
"Finger Posts on the Way of Life" by T. S. Arthur
Think of it as home; and, should Fortune cheat you with the apples of Sodom, return to it again.
"Friends and Neighbors" by Anonymous
It was a land of air-castles and rainbow gold, a fool's paradise and the garden where grew most thickly the apples of Sodom.
"Sir Mortimer" by Mary Johnston
If this old ball on which we are carried be no apple of Sodom, but sound and sweet to the core, insight must be confidence and satisfaction.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864" by Various
Apples of Sodom, after touching, seem these isles.
"The Piazza Tales" by Herman Melville
The apples of Sodom sickened him.
"The Story of the Hymns and Tunes" by Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
Now that Emmet was mayor, she found she did not care; the prize was an apple of Sodom in her hand.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
Ah, well, when has the Apple of Sodom failed to deceive the eye and undeceive the tongue?
"The Master-Knot of Human Fate" by Ellis Meredith
Forbidden to climb into the Tree of Knowledge of all Good, he might, in revenge, fall greedily upon the Apples of Sodom.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
The apples are the apples of Sodom, everywhere in the world.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
Is, then, emancipation but an apple of Sodom, turning to ashes on his lips?
"The Color Line" by William Benjamin Smith
The apples are the apples of Sodom, everywhere in the world.
"French Classics" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
The apples of Sodom cannot grow on the same soil with the Tree of Life.
"The Universe a Vast Electric Organism" by George Woodward Warder
Below us clustered the Sodom-apple of this vile village.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
The good in prospect may be apples of Sodom, dust and ashes, in attainment.
"Ethics" by John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
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In poetry:

Thus endeth the Rhyme of Sir Christopher,
Knight of the Holy Sepulchre,
The first who furnished this barren land
With apples of Sodom and ropes of sand.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 3. The Landlord's Tale; The Rhyme of Sir Christopher" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Censor is a sorceror.
Above rare fruits that grow
Upon the tree of genius
His hand waves to and fro.
Hey, Presto! And their lusciousness is slain -
Apples of Sodom, Dead Sea Fruit remain.
"The Censor" by C J Dennis