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  1. a large evergreen tree, Manilkara zapota, of tropical America, bearing an edible fruit and yielding chicle.Compare sapodilla family.
  2. 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

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • These are usually Santa Maria, chichem, sapodilla, or some hardwood.

British Dictionary definitions for sapodilla


  1. a large tropical American evergreen tree, Achras zapota, the latex of which yields chicle
  2. Also called: sapodilla plum the edible brown rough-skinned fruit of this tree, which has a sweet yellowish pulp
Also called: naseberry, sapota

Word Origin

C17: from Spanish zapotillo, diminutive of zapote sapodilla fruit, from Nahuatl tsapotl
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