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pawpaw

[ paw-paw ]

noun

  1. a tree, Asimina triloba, of the annona family, native to the eastern United States, having large, oblong leaves and purplish flowers.
  2. the fleshy, edible fruit of this tree.


pawpaw

/ ˈpɔːˌpɔː /

noun

  1. a variant of papaw papaya


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Word History and Origins

Origin of pawpaw1

First recorded in 1620–30; unexplained variant of papaye “papaya”; papaya

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Example Sentences

Rows of pawpaw and persimmon trees are staggered between native varieties of corn, beans and squash.

Does anyone know for sure how to get pawpaw seed to germinate?

We had also eaten the pulpy fruit of the pawpaw; but all these together we found to be but poor apologies for real bread.

Lying close to earth, between the smooth pawpaw stems, the large leaves making a night-time for him, Steve felt deadly sick.

From the locust tree east of my lodge to the pawpaw on the west, as the branch swings in the wind, so shall you swing.

Within 125 yards of the road, in a kind of sink or depression, the three doomed brothers are tied to pawpaw bushes.

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