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 for Apple of discord
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apple \Ap"ple\ ([a^]p"p'l), n. [OE. appel, eppel, AS. [ae]ppel,
     [ae]pl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, G.
     apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. [aum]ple, Dan. [ae]ble, Gael. ubhall,
     W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. ob[*u]lys, Russ. iabloko; of
     unknown origin.]
     1. The fleshy pome or fruit of a rosaceous tree ({Pyrus
        malus) cultivated in numberless varieties in the
        temperate zones.
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     Note: The European crab apple is supposed to be the original
           kind, from which all others have sprung.
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     2. (bot.) Any tree genus Pyrus which has the stalk sunken
        into the base of the fruit; an apple tree.
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     3. Any fruit or other vegetable production resembling, or
        supposed to resemble, the apple; as, apple of love, or
        love apple (a tomato), balsam apple, egg apple, oak apple.
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     4. Anything round like an apple; as, an apple of gold.
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     Note: Apple is used either adjectively or in combination; as,
           apple paper or apple-paper, apple-shaped, apple
           blossom, apple dumpling, apple pudding.
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     Apple blight, an aphid which injures apple trees. See
        Blight, n.
     Apple borer (Zool.), a coleopterous insect ({Saperda
        candida or Saperda bivittata), the larva of which bores
        into the trunk of the apple tree and pear tree.
     Apple brandy, brandy made from apples.
     Apple butter, a sauce made of apples stewed down in cider.
     Apple corer, an instrument for removing the cores from
     Apple fly (Zool.), any dipterous insect, the larva of which
        burrows in apples. Apple flies belong to the genera
        Drosophila and Trypeta.
     Apple midge (Zool.) a small dipterous insect ({Sciara
        mali), the larva of which bores in apples.
     Apple of the eye, the pupil.
     Apple of discord, a subject of contention and envy, so
        called from the mythological golden apple, inscribed "For
        the fairest," which was thrown into an assembly of the
        gods by Eris, the goddess of discord. It was contended for
        by Juno, Minerva, and Venus, and was adjudged to the
     Apple of love, or Love apple, the tomato ({Lycopersicum
     Apple+of+Peru,+a+large+coarse+herb+({Nicandra+physaloides">Apple of Peru, a large coarse herb ({Nicandra physaloides)
        bearing pale blue flowers, and a bladderlike fruit
        inclosing a dry berry.
     Apples of Sodom, a fruit described by ancient writers as
        externally of fair appearance but dissolving into smoke
        and ashes when plucked; Dead Sea apples. The name is often
        given to the fruit of Solanum Sodom[ae]um, a prickly
        shrub with fruit not unlike a small yellow tomato.
     Apple sauce, stewed apples. [U. S.]
     Apple snail or Apple shell (Zool.), a fresh-water,
        operculated, spiral shell of the genus Ampullaria.
     Apple tart, a tart containing apples.
     Apple tree, a tree which naturally bears apples. See
        Apple, 2.
     Apple wine, cider.
     Apple worm (Zool.), the larva of a small moth ({Carpocapsa
        pomonella) which burrows in the interior of apples. See
        Codling moth.
     Dead Sea Apple.
        (a) pl. Apples of Sodom. Also Fig. "To seek the Dead Sea
            apples of politics." --S. B. Griffin.
        (b) A kind of gallnut coming from Arabia. See Gallnut.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Discord \Dis"cord`\, n. [OE. discord, descord, OF. discorde,
     descorde, F. discorde, from L. discordia, fr. discors,
     -cordis, discordant, disagreeable; dis- + cor, cordis, heart;
     cf. F. discord, n., and OF. descorder, discorder, F.
     discorder, to discord, L. discordare, from discors. See
     Heart, and cf. Discord, v. i.]
     1. Want of concord or agreement; absence of unity or harmony
        in sentiment or action; variance leading to contention and
        strife; disagreement; -- applied to persons or to things,
        and to thoughts, feelings, or purposes.
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              A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that
              soweth discord among brethren.        --Prov. vi.
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              Peace to arise out of universal discord fomented in
              all parts of the empire.              --Burke.
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     2. (Mus.) Union of musical sounds which strikes the ear
        harshly or disagreeably, owing to the incommensurability
        of the vibrations which they produce; want of musical
        concord or harmony; a chord demanding resolution into a
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              For a discord itself is but a harshness of divers
              sounds m???ing.                       --Bacon.
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     Apple of discord. See under Apple.
     Syn: Variance; difference; opposition; contrariety; clashing;
          dissension; contention; strife; disagreement;
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  apple of discord
      n 1: (classical mythology) a golden apple thrown into a banquet
           of the gods by Eris (goddess of discord--who had not been
           invited); the apple had `for the fairest' written on it and
           Hera and Athena and Aphrodite all claimed it; when Paris
           (prince of Troy) awarded it to Aphrodite it began a chain
           of events that led to the Trojan War

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