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n. (context business English) The return of performance-related compensation originally paid by an employer to an employee as a result of the discovery of a defect in the performance.


Malus ( or ) is a genus of about 30–55 species of small deciduous apple trees or shrubs in the family Rosaceae, including the domesticated orchard apple (M. domestica). The other species are generally known as crabapples, crab apples, crabs, or wild apples.

The genus is native to the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere.

Malus (constellation)

Malus ( Latin for mast) was a subdivision of the ancient constellation Argo Navis proposed in 1844 by the English astronomer John Herschel. It would have replaced Pyxis, the compass, which was introduced in the 1750s by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. Herschel's suggestion was not widely adopted and Malus is not now recognized by astronomers.

Malus (disambiguation)

Malus, the apples, is a genus of about 30–35 species of small deciduous trees or shrubs in the family Rosaceae, including most importantly the domesticated Orchard or Table Apple.

Malus may also refer to:

  • Bonus-Malus, a scheme of reward and punishment
  • Malus (constellation), an asterism that was part of the Argo Navis constellation
  • Étienne-Louis Malus (1775–1812), French officer, engineer, physicist, and mathematician
  • Malus (Castlevania), a young boy who is the reincarnation of Dracula in the video games Castlevania and Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness
  • Edward Malus, played by Nicolas Cage, the protagonist of The Wicker Man
  • Karl Malus, M.D., a fictional villain from Marvel Comics
  • The Malus, a monster appearing in the Doctor Who story " The Awakening"
  • The Malus, a playable race in the computer game O.R.B: Off-World Resource Base
  • Malus, the sixteenth and final Colossus in Shadow of the Colossus
  • Malus Code, a Japanese visual novel like game.

Usage examples of "malus".

So did the rhus and two malus trees he had so sweetly refused to let her pay for.

Her words brought Wiz and Malus back to themselves and both fumbled for the communications crystals they wore around their necks.

The botanical name of an apple tree is Pyrus Malus, of which schoolboys are wont to make ingenious uses by playing on the latter word.

It was hard to be good at both the old and new magics, and as one of the Mighty and a member of the Council of the North, Malus was very good at the traditional magic.

Out of the corner of his eye Wiz saw Malus raise his staff to launch another attack.

Then the cloud separated from the earth and darted into the sky, pursued by magical bolts from Malus and lightning bolts hurled by Wiz.

It so well concealed its nature that Malus walked by the booth several times without seeing anything amiss.