cher·​i·​moya ˌcher-ə-ˈmȯi-ə How to pronounce cherimoya (audio)
variants or less commonly chirimoya
: a round, oblong, or heart-shaped fruit with a pitted pale green rind that is borne by a widely cultivated tropical American tree (Annona cherimola) of the custard-apple family
also : this tree

Examples of cherimoya in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Much of the food served, including Amazonas fruits like cherimoya and passion fruit, is grown on the property. Tom Vanderbilt, Travel + Leisure, 2 Dec. 2023 Pawpaws are the largest native fruit in North America — a creamy, tropical offering similar to a soursop, cherimoya or custard apple. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2023 Some of the fruits included in our gift basket were cherimoya, kumquats, Asian pear, dragon fruit, passion fruit, mini bananas, feijoas, baby pineapples, papaya, and guava. Molly Blanco, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Apr. 2023 Across town, the restroom wallpaper of Breadbelly, which specializes in Asian and Asian-American pastries, features durian, cherimoya, mangosteen, and other treasured fruits of Southeast Asia. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2019 This is the last month to plant subtropicals like banana, citrus, avocado, cherimoya or guava. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2019 In frost-free areas, also try cherimoya, guava, mango, and passion fruit. Thad Orr, Sunset, 22 Jan. 2018 Kiwano and cherimoya and rambutan, oh my! The produce aisle has never been so overrun with funky, exotic and otherwise unusual fruit. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 13 June 2018 One example is the cherimoya, a species of custard apple. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 13 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Spanish chirimoya

First Known Use

1736, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cherimoya was in 1736

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“Cherimoya.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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