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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
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  • Does anyone know for sure how to get pawpaw seed to germinate?

  • I remembered that there was a pawpaw thicket near this place.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • From the locust tree east of my lodge to the pawpaw on the west, as the branch swings in the wind, so shall you swing.

    The Sun Maid Evelyn Raymond
  • The pawpaw tree also grows wild, and is valuable to the natives.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • Cleave returned to Tullius and the small fire by the pawpaw bushes.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is of more value for its fruit than its wood.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Unheard and unobserved, he slunk away through the pawpaw thicket into the impenetrable rhododendrons.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • The colonists used the pawpaw and other wild fruits found in the woods.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
  • The horse chestnut, the pawpaw, the grape, and the willow are in bloom.

    Afloat on the Ohio Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • There has been an attempt for years to cultivate the pawpaw, and some varieties have been named.

    Trees of Indiana Charles Clemon Deam
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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