pawpaw

noun paw·paw
variants: or less commonly
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of pawpaw

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

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Origin and Etymology of pawpaw

probably modification of Spanish papaya


PAWPAW Defined for Kids

pawpaw

noun paw·paw
variants: also papaw

Definition of pawpaw for Students

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

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