cher·​i·​moya | \ ˌcher-ə-ˈmȯi-ə How to pronounce cherimoya (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˌchir-​ə-​ˈmȯi-​ə How to pronounce chirimoya (audio) \

Definition of cherimoya

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Best Things Restaurants Did in 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 This is the last month to plant subtropicals like banana, citrus, avocado, cherimoya or guava. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "29 garden chores for October," 2 Oct. 2019 In frost-free areas, also try cherimoya, guava, mango, and passion fruit. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 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, "Your guide to your store’s funky fruits: What’s good, how to eat them," 13 June 2018 One example is the cherimoya, a species of custard apple. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Pre-Columbian people spread fruit species across Latin America," 13 Mar. 2018 Its relatives include cherimoya, soursop (guanábana), and sweetsop. Andrew Moore, Good Housekeeping, "A Beginner's Guide To Growing Pawpaw—The Delicious Fruit You're Not Eating," 12 Jan. 2018 New Yorkers welcomed speckled Asian pears; papaya with its lode of dripping black seeds; rough-skinned litchi disclosing creamy white flesh; knobby cherimoya with guts of custard; star fruit with its sharp angles and plasticized shine. New York Times, "How the Kiwi Changed New York’s Food Scene," 16 Apr. 2018 Oddly shaped and covered with a leathery green skin, Noelle thinks cherimoya look more like prehistoric eggs than tropical fruit., "Italian dreams, video games and the Dodgers," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cherimoya

1736, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cherimoya

Spanish chirimoya

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“Cherimoya.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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