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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 Once inside the park, the tulip poplars, dogwoods, black cherry, sassafras and pawpaw trees are breathtaking. New York Times, "Leaf Peeping Is Not Canceled: 6 Drives and Hikes to Try This Fall," 1 Oct. 2020 Like the pawpaw’s shelf life, the fruit’s season isn’t very long. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Northeast Ohio pawpaw orchard finds popularity this season," 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, "Tanzania’s president is blaming the sharp rise of coronavirus cases on faulty testing kits," 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,, "Everything Andrew Luck Was, Is and Will Be," 3 Sep. 2019 Humans have eaten pawpaw in North America for thousands of years. Andrew Moore, Good Housekeeping, "A Beginner's Guide To Growing Pawpaw—The Delicious Fruit You're Not Eating," 12 Jan. 2018 Smaller trees available were Chinese dogwood, eastern redbud, serviceberry, pawpaw, golden raintree and witch hazel. Carol Kovach,, "Chilly, soggy weather didn't stop Keep Lakewood Beautiful volunteers from sprucing up the city," 29 Apr. 2018 Stephanie Boudreau and Chris Lesjak brought their daughter, Sophia, 3, to the nursery to get a pawpaw tree for the backyard and a magnolia for the side yard. Colin Campbell,, "Herring Run Nursery hosts Earth Day tree giveaway to help 'keep Baltimore green'," 22 Apr. 2018 Eyeing an Eastern red cedar for the side yard? Perusing pawpaws for the back? Frank Kummer,, "How to get a free tree for your Philly home," 12 Mar. 2018

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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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“Pawpaw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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

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