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Variant of cherimoya.
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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.]
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