- the edible fruit of a West Indian tree, Chrysophyllum cainito, of the sapodilla family, which when cut across exhibits a star-shaped figure within.
- the tree itself.
Origin of star apple
First recorded in 1675–85
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Star-apple, chrysophyllum cainito, belongs to the monogynia order, and petandria class of plants.
The star-apple is so called because when cut through transversely its centre presents the figure of a star.Due South or Cuba Past and Present
Maturin M. Ballou
- a West Indian sapotaceous tree, Chrysophyllum cainito, with smooth-skinned edible greenish-purple fruit
- the fruit of this tree which, when cut across, reveals a star-shaped arrangement of seeds
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