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sapodilla

[sap-uh-dil-uh] /ˌsæp əˈdɪl ə/
noun
1.
a large evergreen tree, Manilkara zapota, of tropical America, bearing an edible fruit and yielding chicle.
2.
Also called sapodilla plum. the fruit itself.
Also called sapota.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Spanish zapotillo, equivalent to zapot(e) sapota + -illo diminutive suffix
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  • The sapodilla tree is also the source of chicle used in chewing gum.
British Dictionary definitions for sapodilla

sapodilla

/ˌsæpəˈdɪlə/
noun
1.
a large tropical American evergreen tree, Achras zapota, the latex of which yields chicle
2.
Also called sapodilla plum. the edible brown rough-skinned fruit of this tree, which has a sweet yellowish pulp
Also called naseberry, sapota
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish zapotillo, diminutive of zapote sapodilla fruit, from Nahuatl tsapotl
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