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Variant of pawpaw.
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1. (Plants) another name for papaya
a. a bush or small tree, Asimina triloba, of central North America, having small fleshy edible fruit: family Annonaceae
b. the fruit of this tree
[C16: from Spanish papaya]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a tree, Asimina triloba, of the annona family, native to the eastern U.S., having large, oblong leaves and purplish flowers.
2. the fleshy, edible fruit of this tree.
[1525–75; unexplained alter. of papaye papaya]
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|Noun||1.||papaw - small tree native to the eastern United States having oblong leaves and fleshy fruit|
custard apple, custard apple tree - any of several tropical American trees bearing fruit with soft edible pulp
|2.||papaw - fruit with yellow flesh; related to custard apples|
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
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