a sweet, pulpy fruit having a thin, tuberculate rind, borne by a tropical American tree or shrub, Annona squamosa, of the annona family.
the tree or shrub.
Also called sugar apple.

1690–1700; sweet + sop

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sweetsop (ˈswiːtˌsɒp)
1.  a small West Indian tree, Annona squamosa, having yellowish-green fruit: family Annonaceae
2.  the fruit of this tree, which has a sweet edible pulp
[C19: so called because of the flavour and consistency of its pulp]

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(Annona squamosa), small tree or shrub of the custard apple, or Annonaceae, family. It has thin, oblong ovate leaves, solitary greenish flowers, and a yellowish green fruit resembling a shortened pinecone. The tuberculate fruit, the fusion of many ripened ovaries and the receptacle, is 7.5 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inches) in diameter and contains a sweet, creamy-yellow, custardlike pulp, which may be eaten raw. Native to the West Indies and tropical America, it has been widely introduced into the Eastern Hemisphere.

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