[paw-paw, puh-paw]

noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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another name for papaya
Also called: custard apple
  1. a bush or small tree, Asimina triloba, of central North America, having small fleshy edible fruit: family Annonaceae
  2. the fruit of this tree

Word Origin for papaw

C16: from Spanish papaya
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Word Origin and History for papaw

1620s, variant of papaya (q.v.), used from 1760 to designate the papaw tree.

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