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From apple + mush, or perhaps representing, in altered form, Middle English appelmos (“applesauce”). Compare Middle High German apfelmuos (“stewed apples”).
- The mush or puree of apples; applesauce.
- 2005, C. Jacob, Destiny Or Deceit:
- “I thought we would have sausage sandwiches and this apple mush. That way we won't have to start the stove. Okay? I think there is still some cake in the cupboard.”
- 2007, Joy Dettman, Goose Girl:
- Sally offered her mother a spoonful of apple mush. 'I can't eat, darling. Sister understands.'
- 2012, Peter Redgrove, Collected Poems:
- In the smell of apple-mortality which is sweet, there are tears like windfalls Dried on our cheeks; this apple-mush, these tears the real home of all, Fruit, dog, woman, lover, ceaseless waterfall and ancient house, vaporous stairs that Wait for our ascending.
- 2012, Diana K. Perkins, Jenny's Way:
- We would send the boys out to pick up apples and they would almost always come back covered in apple mush after throwing the rotten ones at each other.