• WordNet 3.6
    • n Mespilus medlars
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mespilus A genus of rosaceous plants of the tribe Pomeæ, characterized by the bony endocarp of the fruit and the expanded mouth of the leafy calyx. They are shrubs or small trees, which are more or less thorny when wild, and have undivided, nearly sessile leaves, and large white or pinkish flowers, solitary and sessile on short leafy branches. The fruit is nearly globular or pear-shaped, and is crowned by a broad, hairy disk, from which the five bony cells slightly protrude. The genus includes one (or perhaps two) species, found in various parts of Europe and western Asia. M. Germanica is the common medlar, cultivated in many varieties for its fruit. See medlar.
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In literature:

The profuse brilliant orange-coloured berries of the C. Lelandii (Mespilus) ensures it a place on walls and trellises.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
Gnaphalium, Daphne papyrif., Mespilus microphyllus!
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
The popular name for these beautiful trees is Snowy Mespilus.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
To this may be added the Mespilus, or medlar, being a very hard wood, and of which very beautiful walking-sticks are sometimes made.
"Woodland Gleanings" by Charles Tilt

In poetry:

Yet thee I name, first blown and farthest found,
Slim mespilus,— thee, rowan, sweet to view;
Cherry of spicy scent and bosom round,
With grape-like clusters graced in season due.
"The Rose Of The Wilderness (Gathered In Crossing A Portage On The River Winnipeg)" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain