a large evergreen tree, Manilkara zapota, of tropical America, bearing an edible fruit and yielding chicle. Compare sapodilla family.
Also called sapodilla plum. the fruit itself.
Also called sapota.

1690–1700; < Spanish zapotillo, equivalent to zapot(e) sapota + -illo diminutive suffix Unabridged
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sapodilla (ˌsæpəˈdɪlə)
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
[C17: from Spanish zapotillo, diminutive of zapote sapodilla fruit, from Nahuatl tsapotl]

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The sapodilla tree is also the source of chicle used in chewing gum.
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