maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Fri Nov 9 16:23:22 UTC 2001
Sounds like a calque for the German "Erdapfel" or Dutch "aardappel" to me.
However "Erdapfel" means potato, not pomegranate. The German word for
pomegranate is "Granatapfel".
maberry at u.washington.edu
On Fri, 9 Nov 2001, Barbara Johnstone wrote:
> Has anyone ever heard "earth apple" used to refer to a pomegranate? There
> are no listings for "earth apple" in DARE.
> Barbara Johnstone
> Professor, Department of English
> Carnegie Mellon University
> Pittsburgh PA 15213-3890
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