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Definition of pawpaw

1 \ pə-​ˈpȯ How to pronounce pawpaw (audio) \ : papaya
2 \ ˈpä-​(ˌ)pȯ How to pronounce pawpaw (audio) , ˈpȯ-​ \ : a North American tree (Asimina triloba) of the custard-apple family with purple flowers and an edible green-skinned fruit also : its fruit

Examples of pawpaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The understory is strewn with sprawling colonies of pawpaw (Asimina triloba), one even offering a few ripe fruits. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 17 Sep. 2021 Today, there are still wild pawpaw trees all over Ohio, usually found by rivers and in the shade. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 16 Sep. 2021 The temperamental fruit has a brief season, dropping from pawpaw trees and offering a sweet bite, with a taste that falls somewhere between a mango and a banana. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 17 Aug. 2021 The mature canopy includes more than 22 species of deciduous trees -- including oaks, hickories and maples -- while the understory includes viburnum, dogwood, pawpaw and more. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 6 June 2021 Once inside the park, the tulip poplars, dogwoods, black cherry, sassafras and pawpaw trees are breathtaking. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2020 Like the pawpaw’s shelf life, the fruit’s season isn’t very long. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 21 Sep. 2020 Magufuli, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, said the testers had randomly obtained several non-human samples on animals and fruits which included a sheep, a goat and a pawpaw and the results came out positive. Rabson Kondowe, Quartz Africa, 4 May 2020 After getting destroyed by Reitz during their early days together, Luck would eventually start stumping him on questions about pawpaw fruit or persimmon pie. Conor Orr,, 3 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of pawpaw

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pawpaw

probably modification of Spanish papaya

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variants: also papaw

Kids Definition of pawpaw

1 \ pə-​ˈpȯ \ : papaya
2 \ ˈpä-​pȯ , ˈpȯ \ : the greenish or yellow edible fruit of a North American tree with purple flowers


Medical Definition of pawpaw

variant of

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