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noun Apple of Sodom
  1. Mythical plant of the Medieval world: gigantic tree which grew in the desolated area where once stood Sodom & Gamorrah. Any traveler of the region foolish enough to pick one of the apples would have it turn to smoke and ashes in his hand - a sure sign of God's eternal displeasure with those who would succumb to physical temptation at the site of His retribution.
  2. (Latin: Solanum linnaeanum) An erect spreading shrub. Green purplish-brown stems with straight or slightly curved prickles. Leaves are hairy and deeply lobed with prickles along the stalks. Flowers are mauve or violet. Fruit is a round yellow berry which is poisonous. Grows in coastal sands, poor pasture and scrub margins. Dense patches compete with other vegetation and restrict stock movement.

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