sap·​o·​dil·​la | \ ˌsa-pə-ˈdi-lə How to pronounce sapodilla (audio) , -ˈdē-yə \

Definition of sapodilla

: a tropical American evergreen tree (Manilkara zapota synonym Achras zapota of the family Sapotaceae, the sapodilla family) with hard reddish wood, a latex that yields chicle, and a rough-skinned brownish fruit with sweet flesh also : its fruit

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Recent Examples on the Web Several more hours in the minivan took us to the Mayan ruins of Palenque, a 7th century former city-state of stone temples surrounded by centuries-old red cedar, sapodilla and mahogany trees. Washington Post, "Back to Chiapas 25 years after covering rebel uprising," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sapodilla

1697, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sapodilla

Spanish zapotillo, diminutive of zapote sapodilla fruit, from Nahuatl tzapotl

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“Sapodilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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