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star apple

  1. the edible fruit of a West Indian tree, Chrysophyllum cainito, of the sapodilla family, which when cut across exhibits a star-shaped figure within.
  2. the tree itself.
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Origin of star apple

First recorded in 1675–85
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Examples from the Web for star-apple

Historical Examples

  • Star-apple, chrysophyllum cainito, belongs to the monogynia order, and petandria class of plants.

    Antigua and the Antiguans, Volume II (of 2)


  • The star-apple is so called because when cut through transversely its centre presents the figure of a star.

British Dictionary definitions for star-apple


  1. a West Indian sapotaceous tree, Chrysophyllum cainito, with smooth-skinned edible greenish-purple fruit
  2. the fruit of this tree which, when cut across, reveals a star-shaped arrangement of seeds
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