[ cher-uh-moi-uh ]
/ ˌtʃɛr əˈmɔɪ ə /


a tropical American tree, Annona cherimola, having leaves with velvety, hairy undersides and yellow-to-brown fragrant flowers.
the large, edible fruit of this tree, having leathery, scalelike skin and soft pulp.
Also cher·i·moy·er [cher-uh-moi-er] /ˌtʃɛr əˈmɔɪ ər/, cher·i·mol·la [cher-uh-moi-uh] /ˌtʃɛr əˈmɔɪ ə/, chirimoya.

Origin of cherimoya

1730–40; < American Spanish chirimoya name of the fruit; of uncertain origin; alleged analysis as Quechua chiri cold + muyu wheel, circle is probably spurious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cherimoya

  • Every garden in the Orange Belt should have a cherimoya tree for ornament and for its fruit.

    Trees Worth Knowing|Julia Ellen Rogers