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pawpaw

[paw-paw] /ˈpɔˌpɔ/
noun
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.
3.
Also, papaw.
Origin
unexplained variant of papaye papaya
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  • In the bottoms grow spicebush, pawpaw, deciduous holly and numerous sedges.
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papaw

/pəˈpɔː/
noun
1.
another name for papaya
2.
Also called custard apple
  1. a bush or small tree, Asimina triloba, of central North America, having small fleshy edible fruit: family Annonaceae
  2. the fruit of this tree
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish papaya

pawpaw

/ˈpɔːˌpɔː/
noun
1.
a variant of papaw, papaya
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n.

see papaw.

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