a spiny citrus tree, Aegle marmelos, of India.
the hard-shelled, greenish-yellow, edible fruit of this tree.
Historical Examples

The fruit of the Malakabuyaw is ovoid and full of a mucilaginous pulp, aromatic and acid, the same as that of the bael.
The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines T. H. Pardo de Tavera

The quince must not be confounded with the Indian “bael” fruit which is known in India as the Bengal quince.
Birds and All Nature Vol VII, No. 1, January 1900 Various

bael gum is a sticky, astringent substance soluble in water.
Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands Gerrit Parmile Wilder

Dried half-ripe fruit imported from the E. Indies, under the name of Indian bael.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

The tank has overflown into the garden, and the bushy tops of the bael trees are seen standing out over the waters.
My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore

At nightfall they rested at the foot of a bael tree and fell into a drunken sleep from the date juice they had drunk.
Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas

In Siva temples, bilva (bael: Ægle Marmelos) leaves are substituted for tulsi.
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

Aegle marmelos, the bael- or bel-fruit tree (also known as Bengal quince), is found wild or cultivated throughout India.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 Various

a spiny Indian rutaceous tree, Aegle marmelos
the edible thick-shelled fruit of this tree


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