road apple

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Probably with reference to the supposed similarity to rotten apples.


road apple (plural road apples)

  1. (idiomatic, dated, often pluralized) Horse manure, especially when deposited on a road.
    • 1964, P. S. Martin and F. W. Sharrock, "Pollen Analysis of Prehistoric Human Feces: A New Approach to Ethnobotany," American Antiquity, vol. 30, no. 2, p. 171:
      Samples 7–12 contained coarsely chewed plant material; several closely resembled the "road apples" of horse and burro.