"What is an apple?" vs. "What is apple?" vs. "What is the apple?"
1:Which one is correct in purist way if I am asking for the definition of the word "apple" or I want to know what the thing is?
2:To the answer, how can I say? "An apple is a kind of fruit." or "Apple is a kind of fruit." or "The apple is a kind of fruit."
3:The word "apple" is a countable noun. Beside this, can you tell me the other ways of asking questions for the other kinds of things and words?
Thanks in advance.