pawpaw

[paw-paw]
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.
Also, papaw.


Origin:
unexplained variant of papaye papaya

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papaw or pawpaw (pəˈpɔː)
 
n
1.  another name for papaya
2.  Also called: custard apple
 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]
 
pawpaw or pawpaw
 
n
 
[C16: from Spanish papaya]

pawpaw (ˈpɔːˌpɔː)
 
n
papaw a variant of papaya

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pawpaw
see papaw.
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In the bottoms grow spicebush, pawpaw, deciduous holly and numerous sedges.
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