custard apple

noun

1
a
: any of several chiefly tropical American soft-fleshed edible fruits
b
: any of a genus (Annona of the family Annonaceae, the custard-apple family) of trees or shrubs bearing this fruit
especially : a small West Indian tree (A. reticulata)
2

Examples of custard apple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The food depicted on the table includes African rice, breadfruit, catfish, chicken, cocoa, custard apple and soursop. Margherita Bassi, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 The variety of produce—custard apples from the Costa Tropical, pata negra ham from Ronda, strawberries from the Guadalhorce Valley—is equally fascinating, and Spain Food Sherpas runs excellent tapas tours. Lisa Johnson, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Nov. 2023 Rescuers from World Animal Protection talked to the bear's owner and convinced them to surrender Na, whose name means custard apple. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 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 The vast custard apple forest that girded the lake’s southern shore was torched. Allen G. Breed, The Denver Post, 3 Dec. 2019 In India, my parents grew up eating chikoos, custard apples, fresh coconut, and dozens of types of mangoes. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, 29 July 2019 Follow local farmers into the plantation where cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper trees grow, and sample tropical fruits like custard apple, star fruit, and rambutan. National Geographic, 12 June 2019 One example is the cherimoya, a species of custard apple. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 13 Mar. 2018 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'custard apple.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of custard apple was in 1648

Dictionary Entries Near custard apple

Cite this Entry

“Custard apple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/custard%20apple. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on custard apple

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!