The apple of one's eye refers to a thing or person that one loves above all others, one's favorite person or object, and something of which he is proud. It didn't take long for the apple of one's eye to become a metaphor for anything valuable. Today, the term has expanded to include anyone or anything that is loved or admired by one's heart.
The word "apple" comes from a Greek phrase meaning "without peer," because apples were the only fruits available to the ancient Greeks and Romans. However, today many other fruits are grown for market consumption. Apples are members of the rose family and contain a mixture of water and sugar in varying amounts depending on the variety. The most common varieties are Apple (a general term used for any fruit with an apple shape), Bramley, Cortland, Empire State, Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Macoun, McIntosh, Pink Lady, Rome Beauty, Sunrise, Tumbler, and Wild Apple.
Apples were prized for their beauty as well as their taste. They were used in medicine and in cooking; they served as symbols of love and fidelity. Today, people still use apples as a symbol of love - especially marriage - because they are such a popular fruit that can be used in so many ways both sweet and sour. An apple placed in water brings good luck!
The apple of one's (or another's) eye A beloved or favored individual. This term is regarded to have Biblical roots. My nephew is my absolute favorite. He has five children, but his lone daughter is definitely his favorite. See also: apple, eye, and of... - The Random House Dictionary adjective: having the greatest appeal; most attractive.
In English literature, the apple is a symbol used in a variety of contexts. It may represent beauty, innocence, temptation, knowledge, etc. An apple dropped from a tree is symbolic of good luck. To eat an apple is to break a cultural tradition that is as old as language itself. But what does it mean to eat an apple? That depends on how you look at it. The fruit is delicious when ripe and at its best when straight from the tree. Of course, it can be eaten raw or cooked. However, it is usually peeled and then either baked with sugar or boiled in water or milk. The flesh of the apple contains vitamins A and C as well as potassium. It also contains calcium, phosphorous, iron, and zinc. Apples are rich in antioxidants that help prevent cancer. Eating an apple a day may actually keep the doctor away. Although this saying is often attributed to Dr. John Adams (1735-1826), modern research shows that he did not make it up.
The apple of one's eye The youngest was the apple of his father's eye, as in This word comes in the Bible and is based on the ancients' belief that the pupil of the eye is apple-shaped and that eyes are particularly valuable (Deuteronomy 32:10). [NIV] His father kept saying to him, "Why do you always go about looking at people's mouths? Are teeth all that important?" - Luke 11:43
Teeth are important, but not just for eating. They help people communicate, play music, dance, and more. Without teeth, some people would be unable to talk or eat solid food. That's why it's so important to take care of your dental health; you don't want any apples left from your father's eye!
Here are other words that come from the eye: eyeball, ocular, optic, eye glass.