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cher·i·moy·a

 (chĕr′ə-moi′ə) also chir·i·moy·a (chîr′-)
n.
1. A tropical American tree (Annona cherimola) having heart-shaped, edible fruits with green skin and white aromatic flesh.
2. The fruit of this plant.

[American Spanish, from Quechua chirimuya.]

cherimoya

(ˌtʃɛrɪˈmɔɪə) or

cherimoyer

n
1. a deciduous shrub or small tree, native to the Andean highlands, which produces an oval fruit with cream-coloured flesh
2. the fruit of this shrub or tree

cher•i•moy•a

(ˌtʃɛr əˈmɔɪ ə)

n., pl. -moy•as.
1. a tropical American tree, Annona cherimola, of the annona family, having yellow-brown fragrant flowers and leaves with velvety undersides.
2. the large edible fruit of this tree, having leathery, scalelike skin and soft pulp.
[1730–40; < American Spanish chirimoya name of the fruit; of uncertain orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cherimoya - small tropical American tree bearing round or oblong fruitcherimoya - small tropical American tree bearing round or oblong fruit
cherimolla, cherimoya - large tropical fruit with leathery skin and soft pulp; related to custard apples
custard apple, custard apple tree - any of several tropical American trees bearing fruit with soft edible pulp
2.cherimoya - large tropical fruit with leathery skin and soft pulp; related to custard apples
custard apple - the fruit of any of several tropical American trees of the genus Annona having soft edible pulp
Annona cherimola, cherimoya, cherimoya tree - small tropical American tree bearing round or oblong fruit
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