- a large evergreen tree, Manilkara zapota, of tropical America, bearing an edible fruit and yielding chicle.Compare sapodilla family.
- Also called sapodilla plum. the fruit itself.
Origin of sapodilla
1690–1700; < Spanish zapotillo, equivalent to zapot(e) sapota + -illo diminutive suffix
Also called sapota.
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Examples from the Web for sapodilla
In the hands of some he saw the white gleam of sapodilla axe handles.The Red Lure
Roy J. Snell
The sapodilla is a plum-colored fruit with seeds in a gelatinous mass.The Panama Canal
Frederic Jennings Haskin
The sapodilla is the most esteemed of the order Sapotaceæ, and one of the best of tropical fruits.Origin of Cultivated Plants
Alphonse De Candolle
One was the mamaei, which was about as large as a peach, and the other the sapodilla, fruit of the color of a plum.The Moving Picture Boys at Panama
These are usually Santa Maria, chichem, sapodilla, or some hardwood.The Maya Indians of Southern Yucatan and Northern British Honduras
Thomas William Francis Gann
- a large tropical American evergreen tree, Achras zapota, the latex of which yields chicle
- Also called: sapodilla plum the edible brown rough-skinned fruit of this tree, which has a sweet yellowish pulp
Also called: naseberry, sapota
C17: from Spanish zapotillo, diminutive of zapote sapodilla fruit, from Nahuatl tsapotl
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