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cherimoya

[cher-uh-moi-uh]
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noun
  1. a tropical American tree, Annona cherimola, having leaves with velvety, hairy undersides and yellow-to-brown fragrant flowers.
  2. the large, edible fruit of this tree, having leathery, scalelike skin and soft pulp.
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Also cher·i·moy·er [cher-uh-moi-er] /ˌtʃɛr əˈmɔɪ ər/, cher·i·mol·la [cher-uh-moi-uh] /ˌtʃɛr əˈmɔɪ ə/, chirimoya.

Origin of cherimoya

1730–40; < American Spanish chirimoya name of the fruit; of uncertain origin; alleged analysis as Quechua chiri cold + muyu wheel, circle is probably spurious
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Historical Examples

  • Every garden in the Orange Belt should have a cherimoya tree for ornament and for its fruit.

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    Julia Ellen Rogers