- 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.
Origin of pawpaw
unexplained variant of papaye papaya
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Examples from the Web for pawpaw
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.
He lay quiet for awhile, and then he parted the pawpaw bushes and crept out.
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
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Word Origin and History for pawpaw
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