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Pippin is a word now used only in the name of various types of apple: Cox's orange pippin, for instance, and Ribston pippin. But originally it was applied more generally to apples of any variety grown from seed. It was borrowed into English in the fourteenth century from Old French pepin, ‘seed’ or ‘seedling apple’, and to begin with it was used in English too for ‘seed’—indeed, English pip is shortened from it.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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