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Apple-john (An)


An apple so called from its being at maturity about St. John’s Day (May 6th). We are told that apple-johns will keep for two years, and are best when shrivelled.

“I am withered like an old apple-john.”

Shakespeare: 1 Henry IV. iii. 3.

⁂ Sometimes called the Apples of King John, which, if correct, would militate against the notion about “St. John’s Day.”

“There were some things, for instance, the Apples of King John, … I should be tempted to buy.”—Bigelow: life of B. Franklin.

⁂ In the United States there is a drink calledApple-Jack,” which is apple or cider brandy.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Apostles Creed (The)
Apostolic Fathers
Apostolic Majesty
Appeal to the Country (An)
Appian Way
Apple (Newton and the)
Apple-john (An)
Apple-pie Bed
Apple-pie Order
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April Gentleman (An)
April Squire (An)
A priori [Latin, from an antecedent]
Apron-string Tenure (An)
A propos de bottes (French)