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papaw

[paw-paw, puh-paw]
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  1. pawpaw.
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papaw

pawpaw

noun
  1. another name for papaya
  2. 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
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Word Origin

C16: from Spanish papaya
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Word Origin and History for papaw

n.

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

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