From Old Portuguese maçãa, from Vulgar Latin (māla (“apples”)) mattiana (“of Mattium”), though some theorize that mattiana was an Iberian pronunciation of the Gallo-Roman word matianium, a golden apple named after Gaius Matius, a horticulturist and friend of Caesar.
maçã f (plural maçãs)
- macieira (“apple tree”)
- ^ Agnes, Michael, ed. in chief, Webster's New World College Dictionary, fourth edition, MacMillan, 1999.