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[souuh r-sop, sou-er-] /ˈsaʊərˌsɒp, ˈsaʊ ər-/
the large, dark-green, slightly acid, pulpy fruit of a small West Indian tree, Annona muricata, of the annona family.
the tree itself.
Also called guanabana.
1660-70; sour + sop Unabridged
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  • Sweet, white fleshed fruit fruit related to the cherimoya and soursop.
British Dictionary definitions for soursop


a small West Indian tree, Annona muricata, having large spiny fruit: family Annonaceae
the fruit of this tree, which has a tart edible pulp Compare sweetsop
Word Origin
C19: so called because of the flavour and consistency of the pulp
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Encyclopedia Article for soursop


tree of the family Annonaceae (order Magnoliales) that produces an edible fruit 20 cm (8 inches) long and weighing up to 4.5 kg (10 pounds). Native to the American tropics, the tree has been widely introduced in the Old World tropics. Reaching about 8 metres (26 feet), it has broad-ended, oval evergreen leaves about 12.7 cm long. The fruits are oval, spiny, green-skinned, and aromatic. The fibrous white flesh, which combines the flavours of mango and pineapple, is strained to make custards, ice creams, and drinks. See also custard apple.

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