From Proto-Baltic *ābōl, genitive *ābeles (from this paradigm, the two forms ābols (“apple”) and ābele (“apple tree”) were later differentiated), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ébl̥, *h₂ebōl, a word which some consider a borrowing from some pre-Indo-European language. Cognates include Lithuanian obelìs, Old Prussian wobelne, Proto-Slavic *ablonь, *abolnь (Ukrainian яблінь (jáblin’), Russian, Belarusian яблоня (jáblonja), Bulgarian яблан (jablan), аблан (jablán, ablán), Czech jabloň, Polish jabloń).
ābele f (5th declension)
- apple tree (gen. Malus)
- stādīt, kopt ābeles ― to plant, to cultivate apple trees
- ābele ziedos ― apple tree in flower
- ābele pilna ar āboliem ― apple tree full of apples
- ābeļu sugas ― apple tree species
- galva balta kā ābele ― head as white as an apple tree(= gray hair)