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[paw-paw] /ˈpɔˌpɔ/
a tree, Asimina triloba, of the annona family, native to the eastern U.S., having large, oblong leaves and purplish flowers.
the fleshy, edible fruit of this tree.
Also, papaw.
Origin of pawpaw
unexplained variant of papaye papaya Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The horse chestnut, the pawpaw, the grape, and the willow are in bloom.

    Afloat on the Ohio

    Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • Cleave returned to Tullius and the small fire by the pawpaw bushes.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • He lay quiet for awhile, and then he parted the pawpaw bushes and crept out.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Does anyone know for sure how to get pawpaw seed to germinate?

  • On reaching the root of the pawpaw, it stopped for a moment, as if to consider.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • I remembered that there was a pawpaw thicket near this place.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • As I approached the pawpaw thicket, I walked with lighter tread.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • The pawpaw tree also grows wild, and is valuable to the natives.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is of more value for its fruit than its wood.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The colonists used the pawpaw and other wild fruits found in the woods.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
British Dictionary definitions for pawpaw


a variant of papaw, papaya
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pawpaw

see papaw.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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